Three Grand Slams are in the books. One left to go. We look at the comprehensive serving of tennis odds currently trading across sportsbook platforms in search of the best prices.
Djokovic Leads the Charge
No surprises to which player is the favourite in tennis betting markets for the US Open: Novak Djokovic is the indisputable player to beat. Flush off the Wimbledon Championships, his second Grand Slam title this season and ninth overall, the Serbian Starlet is the odds-on-favourite to win the 2015 US Open title.
There's no question Djokovic is a smart tennis pick. The question is where to find the best tennis odds. Given his ridiculous form this season, the struggle for tennis bettors looking to back Djokovic to a third major title in 2015 is going to be finding value tennis odds.
Not All About Djokovic
Obviously, it's not all about Djokovic. Case-and-point, the 2015 French Open, which Stanislas Wawrinka won in improbable fashion, beating the Serbian to the prize. Sports betting and handicapping doesn't always go to plan. It's not played out on the tennis odds board or on paper, but on the court. Heck, even last year's US Open served up a surprise champion in Marin Cilic.
So while Djokovic is the correct favourite to win the upcoming US Open title, there are several players in the mix that have the potential to shake things up on the sports betting floor. Andy Murray, who emerges as the second favourite to win the title, is one such contender. He won the US Open title in 2012, marking his first major title victory. He's also one of the hottest players this season, after Novak Djokovic behind a stellar 2015 season. Same goes for Roger Federer, who finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon Championships and is playing some of the best tennis of his life (and some life it is) at the age of 33.
So whichever way you are slicing the US Open, we've put together a handy table (Table 1) of the top ten faves currently trading on the tennis odds board and serve up some of the best prices we've sifted through looking at several leading UK Sportsbooks.
Table 1: ATP 2015 US Open Top Ten Faves Across UK Sportsbooks
While the oddsmakers serve up their shortlist of the top ten faves, most tennis bettors – let's face it – are going to look no further than one of the top five, with a sprinkling maybe going towards the young guns, such as last year's runner-up Kei Nishikori.
Historical trends show that one of this quintet is most likely to win. So let's look at the top five more closely then....
Novak Djokovic To Win Title at +125 at bet365 or 888Sport
It's going to be hard to find great tennis odds on Djokovic to win the US Open title, given how hot he is this season. From the three UK Sportsbooks we've looked at, the difference is really nominal. But if you are stickler for pennies, then you're best prices are at bet365 and 888Sport, where he's trading at +125 tennis odds to win outright.
Andy Murray +400 To Win Title Across the Board
Britain's No.1 is almost unanimously trading at +400 to win the US Open title, which is a great price tag considering his solid form. He did succumb to Roger Federer at the Wimbledon Championships, losing in straight sets in the semis. But don't let that take anything away from he. There's an argument to be had about the immense pressure he was under playing before a home crowd. As well, Federer was simply playing at another level. That day nobody would have been able to live with him, not even (dare we say it Djokovic). In any event, if Murray is your choice tennis pick, you'll find good tennis odds at the aforementioned sportsbooks.
Roger Federer + 700 at 888Sport
Roger Federer has been pursuing his 18th Grand Slam title since he won the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. He's had a couple of cracks at it, including last month's Wimbledon Championships. So far, he's come up naught. One has to consider le maestro is still a reasonable bet to win a major title, including the US Open where he's won five straight (2004-2008). Seven years on, winning a sixth US Open comes with several challenges, including the wave of youngsters that are hankering after the spotlight, not to mention his own age. That said, he's still a healthy triple-digit tennis pick and at 888Sport, you'll find the best tennis odds of +700.
Rafael Nadal +1300 To Win Title at 888Sport
Depending on where you look, Nadal emerges either as the fourth or fifth favourite to lift the title at Flushing. At bet365 and William Hill, the two-time US Open champion is trading in triple-digits at +900. Whereas 888Sport serves up the Spaniard at hefty +1300 tennis odds. It's hard to say where Nadal is going to figure in the tournament. He's visibly struggled this season, which is understandable after major surgery. But there've been glimmers of his old self. If you're looking to make Nadal an outside tennis pick, at +1300 at 888Sport you'll find the best bang for your buck.
Stanislas Wawrinka +1200 To Win Title at Bet365 and William Hill
While 888Sport are putting some stock in Stanislas Wawrinka's season, particularly his improbable French Open win. Others such as bet365 and William Hill aren't, serving up the Swiss No.2 as the fifth favourite behind Rafael Nadal at +1200. Either way, the difference in his tennis odds is rather nominal, ranging from +1100 to +1200.
So there you have it, some of the prices currently trading for the US Open. Whichever way you slice it, be sure to find the best tennis odds. May the best player win.