The men's US Open field has been blown wide open following the shock default of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, while Serena Williams is still on track to claim an elusive 24th major crown in the women's event.
Expert tips, predictions and daily best bets for the US Open, live from Flushing Meadows in New York between August 31 and September 13.
Read on below as we provide daily best bets for the US Open over the next fortnight, along with our predictions and tips for the outright winner.
US Open Men: Best bet for Sunday September 13 (Monday September 14 AEST)
Day 1: Jan-Lennard Struff to beat Pedro Martinez 3-0 @ $1.80 ✅
Day 2: Andrey Rublev to beat Jeremy Chardy 3-0 @ $1.85 ✅
Day 3: Hubert Hurkacz to beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 3-0 @ $2.15 ❌
Day 4: Andrey Rublev to beat Gregoire Barrere 3-0 @ $1.60 ✅
Day 5: Borna Coric to win a set vs Stefanos Tsitsipas @ $1.91 ✅
Day 6: Marin Cilic to win a set vs Dominic Thiem @ $1.73 ✅
Day 7: Novak Djokovic to beat Pablo Carreno Busta 3-0 & Borna Coric to beat Jordan Thompson H2H @ $2.09 ✅ (Djokovic bet refunded)
Day 8: Andrey Rublev to beat Matteo Berrettini H2H @ $2.15 ✅
Day 9: Borna Coric to win a set vs Alexander Zverev & Pablo Carreno Busta to win a set vs Denis Shapovalov @ $1.77 ✅
Day 10: Dominic Thiem to beat Alex de Minaur 3-0 @ $2.10 ✅
Day 12: Daniil Medvedev to beat Dominic Thiem H2H @ $1.80 ❌
Day 14: Dominic Thiem to beat Alexander Zverev 3-1 @ $3.60
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US Open Women: Best bet for Saturday September 12 (Sunday September 13 AEST)
Day 1: Angelique Kerber to beat Ajla Tomljanovic (H2H) @ $1.65 ✅
Day 2: Leylah Fernandez to beat Vera Zvonareva (H2H) @ $1.80 ✅
Day 3: Angelique Kerber to beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 2-0 @ $1.75 ✅
Day 4: Aryna Sabalenka vs Victoria Azarenka to go three sets @ $2.20 ❌
Day 5: Angelique Kerber to beat Ann Li 2-0 @ $2.00 ✅
Day 6: Sofia Kenin to beat Ons Jabeur 2-0 @ $2.20 ✅
Day 7: Angelique Kerber to win a set vs Jennifer Brady @ $1.66 ❌
Day 8: Sofia Kenin to beat Elise Mertens H2H @ $1.72 ❌
Day 9: Jennifer Brady to beat Yulia Putintseva 2-0 @ $1.80 ✅
Day 10: Serena Williams vs Tsvetana Pironkova: Under 20.5 Games @ $1.67 ❌
Day 11: Naomi Osaka to beat Jennifer Brady 2-0 @ $2.10 ❌
US Open Seeds (men)
1. ?? Novak Djokovic
2. ?? Dominic Thiem
3. ?? Daniil Medvedev
4. ?? Stefanos Tsitsipas
5. ?? Alexander Zverev
6. ?? Matteo Berrettini
7. ?? David Goffin
8. ?? Roberto Bautista Agut
9. ?? Diego Schwartzman
10. ?? Andrey Rublev
11. ?? Karen Khachanov
12. ?? Denis Shapovalov
13. ?? Cristian Garin
14. ?? Grigor Dimitrov
15. ?? Felix Auger-Aliassime
16. ?? John Isner
17. ?? Benoit Paire
18. ?? Dusan Lajovic
19. ?? Taylor Fritz
20. ?? Pablo Carreno Busta
21. ?? Alex de Minaur
22. ?? Nikoloz Basilashvili
23. ?? Dan Evans
24. ?? Hubert Hurkacz
25. ?? Milos Raonic
26. ?? Filip Krajinovic
27. ?? Borna Coric
28. ?? Jan-Lennard Struff
29. ?? Guido Pella
30. ?? Casper Ruud
31. ?? Marin Cilic
32. ?? Adrian Mannarino
US Open Seeds (women)
1. ?? Karolina Pliskova
2. ?? Sofia Kenin
3. ?? Serena Williams
4. ?? Naomi Osaka
5. ?? Aryna Sabalenka
6. ?? Petra Kvitova
7. ?? Madison Keys
8. ?? Petra Martic
9. ?? Johanna Konta
10. ?? Garbine Muguruza
11. ?? Elena Rybakina
12. ?? Marketa Vondrousova
13. ?? Alison Riske
14. ?? Anett Kontaveit
15. ?? Maria Sakkari
16. ?? Elise Mertens
17. ?? Angelique Kerber
18. ?? Donna Vekic
19. ?? Dayana Yastremska
20. ?? Karolina Muchova
21. ?? Ekaterina Alexandrova
22. ?? Amanda Anisimova
23. ?? Yulia Putintseva
24. ?? Magda Linette
25. ?? Zhang Shuai
26. ?? Sloane Stephens
27. ?? Ons Jabeur
28. ?? Jennifer Brady
29. ?? Veronika Kudermetova
30. ?? Kristina Mladenovic
31. ?? Anastasija Sevastova
32. ?? Rebecca Peterson
US Open Tips and Predictions (men)
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the undisputed favourite for the US Open title and it’s easy to see why.
The three-time champion is 72-11 at the tournament, brings a flawless 23-0 record in 2020 into the tournament and is one of just two players in this year’s draw to have won multiple Grand Slam titles (the other being Andy Murray, who continues to battle his way back from various career-threatening hip surgeries).
Considering the Big Four have won the last 13 major tournaments and dominated the Grand Slam arena as a whole for the last 15 years, Djokovic will be licking his lips at the prospect of lifting an 18th major title in New York – especially with Roger Federer and defending champion Rafael Nadal absent.
Djokovic wasn’t at the peak of his powers in this week’s Cincinnati tournament, battling a neck injury and dropping sets to Roberto Bautista Agut and Milos Raonic respectively, but the Serbian still managed to beat the field while operating well below his best – and with such a great opportunity to add another slam to his trophy cabinet, you can expect him to lift for the next two weeks.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2020
Djokovic has also been dealt a very good draw in his quarter and shouldn’t have any trouble whatsoever navigating to the semi-finals.
The biggest challengers to Djokovic are the usual suspects – Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, along with the two players who took sets off him in Cincinnati: Milos Raonic and Roberto Bautista Agut.
Of those, Thiem was crushed in his opening match by Filip Krajinovic, Medvedev was knocked out by Bautista Agut, Tsitsipas was eliminated by Raonic and Zverev was conquered by Murray – hardly inspiring form from either of them, while Bautista Agut and Raonic are due to face off in the third round, meaning one of them won’t be making the second week.
When it comes to dark horses, players to watch include Andrey Rublev, who won two ATP titles in January and made his first major quarter-final at the US Open two years ago, former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Roger Federer on his way to the quarter-finals in 2019 and Dan Evans, who has been playing superb tennis as of late, but hasn’t really made a big impact at slams.
Rublev looks the most likely out of the aforementioned players to go on a deep run in New York (and he’s great value with the bookies), but he was knocked out in the opening round of Cincinnati this past week.
Overall, I think the biggest threat to Djokovic is Medvedev. The lanky Russian made the US Open final last year and has beaten the Serbian before, although he remains unlikely to do so in best-of-five. Thiem has also beaten Djokovic in four of their last six matches and stretched him to five sets in the Australian Open final, but he’s not got any form on the board and I get the feeling he could be saving himself for the French Open.
Raonic and Bautista Agut can’t be discounted, but they’ll need someone else to knock out Djokovic if they are to go all the way and win a maiden Grand Slam title.
It’s impossible to go against Djokovic and I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t collect his 18th major title in New York.
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US Open Tips and Predictions (women)
It’s gotten to a point where literally any one of about 30 women could win the US Open, it simply depends on who is firing over the next two weeks, a bit of luck and who’s draw opens up.
Case in point the Cincinnati tournament played in New York this past week – former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka (currently ranked No. 59) emerged with the title despite not winning a singles match for the last year.
Once again, the spotlight will be shining brightly on Serena Williams as the legendary American goes in search of a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.
Serena has made the final in four of her last eight major tournaments since returning from maternity leave, but she’s been a bundle of nerves in those title matches, failing to win a set.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2020
However, although the 38-year-old has failed at the final hurdle since coming back to the sport, surely she has to turn it around at some stage. Although Serena doesn’t bring great form into the US Open, losing to Shelby Rogers and Maria Sakkari in tough three-setters in Lexington and Cincinnati, the American will benefit from rest days in New York, while she has a great draw to ease into the tournament, taking on Kristie Ahn in the opening round and seeded to face Sloane Stephens and a potential rematch with Sakkari in the third and fourth rounds.
When Serena makes the second week of a slam, she’s almost impossible to stop before the final, so I’m tempted to back her home again – despite her poor recent record in finals.
That’s because I really don’t see any other genuine contenders, other than impossibly predicting who’s going to come out firing and have a bit of luck with the draw.
Garbine Muguruza would normally have been a great pick and solid value after reaching the Australian Open final at the start of what was looking like a resurgent year, but she suffered an ankle injury that caused her to pull out of Cincinnati and hasn’t played a competitive match since the restart.
Karolina Pliskova has the ability, but she goes missing when it matters most at Grand Slam tournaments and remains prone to upsets at any stage of the tournament.
Naomi Osaka, the 2018 champion, of course can beat anyone on her day and knows what it takes to win majors, but she withdrew from the Cincinnati final due to injury and has the added pressure and spotlight of admirably propelling herself into the spotlight in the ongoing protest to police violence in the USA.
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin hasn’t come close to replicating that form since the restart, but who would have predicted her to win in Melbourne in January? Absolutely nobody and that’s the issue with trying to pick a women’s major champion in this day and age.
I can’t go past Serena, who is due to put it all together sooner rather than later, with value picks coming in the form of other Americans, including boom prodigies Coco Gauff and Amanda Anisimova.
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