2018 US Open Tennis Betting Picks

by | Aug 27, 2018 | Other Sports

US Open Tennis

Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Date & Time: August 27 – September 9
Quick Picks: Novak Djokovic +240, Marin Cilic +1308, Juan Martin Del Potro +1408

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US Open Men's Tennis

As one of the biggest and most prestigious tennis competitions, we from Spooky Express simply can't miss dedicating our own preview on the upcoming 2018 US Open.

Our readers can find out who are the main favorites to win the ATP tournament on the courts in New York City, what are the best odds on each one of them, and our betting picks.

The 2018 US Open is set to take place from Monday, August 27 until Sunday, September 9. This will be the 138th edition of tennis' US Open and the fourth and final Grand Slam event in 2018. It will be held on outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York City.

This will be the last Grand Slam to have 32 seeds with the format reverting to 16 seeds in 2019. Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens are the previous year's men's and women's singles champions.

Broadcast – Where to watch the 2018 US Open Live?

In the United States, the 2018 US Open will be the fourth year in a row under an 11-year, $825 million contract with ESPN, in which the broadcaster holds exclusive rights to the entire tournament and the US Open Series.

2018 US Open – Men's Singles

One year after his third triumph at the US Open, Rafael Nadal is the reigning champion in the men's competition. The experienced Spaniard, ranked number one in the ATP rankings, is in contention with Roger Federer for the number one position. Federer can only regain the top spot if he wins the title in New York City and Nadal loses before the semifinals.

Who are the main favorites to win the 2018 US Open?

Novak Djokovic has just won the Masters in Cincinnati and thus he became the first and only male player to have won all nine of the Masters – the Serb completed a career sweep. His most recent triumphs came right in time to silence the critics and to show that Djokovic gradually returns to his best tennis after a long elbow injury layoff.

After a sensational quarter-final defeat to the unheralded Italian Marco Cecchinato at the French Open earlier this year, Djokovic had to be wondering where his season and his career were headed. Nevertheless, the former number one now heads to Flushing Meadows as one of the favorites in the men’s tournament. Djokovic's resurrection has been influenced by a few important achievements so let's point them out.

First, Djokovic won Wimbledon last month, for the fourth time in his career, overcoming Rafael Nadal in a spectacular five-setter in the semi-finals and then beating Kevin Anderson 3-0 in the final.

After his brilliant performance in the United Kingdom, the Djoker switched from grass to hard surface with a not so inspiring play at the ATP Toronto Masters, where he lost 2-1 to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the round of 16. However, his next North American march, in Cincinnati, was convincing enough to secure him the trophy as he prevailed over Roger Federer in the final match – 6:4, 6:4.

Our friends from Bookmaker consider Novak Djokovic as the main favorite to win the 2018 US Open title. You can bet before the tournament and get the best odds +240 on the 31-year-old Serb.

Rafael Nadal will be keen to defend his title in New York City, where he lifted the US Open trophy one year ago. That was his third final triumph on the Flushing Meadows courts, making the US Open his second best Grand Slam after the French Open. The world number one will start his 2018 campaign with a match-up against his fellow Spanish compatriot David Ferrer, who is in the twilight of his career.

Nadal has recently won the Canadian Open in Toronto where he defeated the promising youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-0 (6:2, 7:6) in the final. That was his first tournament after the lost five-setter to Novak Djokovic at the 2018 Wimbledon semi-finals, so he virtually switched from grass to hard surface in a championship manner.

Considering the latest results and current odds offered by the bookies (+335 @ Bookmaker), Nadal definitely shapes as Djokovic’s most likely challenger for the crown. He already won a Grand Slam this year (the 2018 French Open, where he lost a single set for all seven matches he played), but you are probably well aware of his clay excellence.

Roger Federer will also be eager to make a deep run at the 2018 US Open after his surprising defeat to Kevin Anderson on the All England Club's courts. Indeed, the 3-2 loss against Anderson at the Wimbledon quarter-finals happened in a moment when Federer was 2-0 ahead and he even had a match point in the third set. This was only his second Wimbledon defeat after winning the first two sets since his loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 edition.

The Swiss Maestro looked a bit out of sorts in the Cincy final against Djokovic, but we expect him to sharpen his game significantly as the US Open gets underway. Despite his advanced tennis age, 37, Federer is still a top player who represents a major challenge for the rest. His second position in the ATP ranking, and in the US Open seeding respectively, and the 2018 Australian Open triumph are some of the reasons why the bookies are backing him as the third main favorite to conquer New York.

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The Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, who has always been one of Federer's biggest fans, has questioned whether The Maestro will have the strength to win the US Open for the first time in 10 years. He won the US Open title in five consecutive years (in period 2004-2008) but has struggled to do so ever since, losing the finals in 2009 and 2015.

Moreover, Laver is convinced that not only Nadal and Djokovic can cause Federer trouble in New York. In addition to Djokovic's form, Laver is also backing the “big guys” such as Kevin Anderson and Juan Martin del Potro.

Federer and Djokovic could meet again in the US Open quarter-finals, while Marin Cilic or Alexander Zverev could await in the semis.

Those of you who believe Roger Federer can improve his own record of 20 Grand Slam titles can place a bet on the Swiss Maestro with odds +450 @ Bookmaker.


Who are the hidden favorites (dark horses) to cause a stir?

But who are the players that can challenge the big three (Nadal, Federer, Djokovic) at Flushing Meadows this year?

The worlds best will descend on New York ahead of the US Open, but aside from the usual suspects, we have picked a few five dark horses who could potentially cause a stir.

  • Alexander Zverev +904 @ Bookmaker

Alexander Zverev is currently number four in the ATP rankings and fourth in the 2018 US Open seeds. The promising German will be keen to improve his best US Open performance, which shouldn't be so difficult since he has never made it through the second round. Furthermore, his best Grand Slam performance came earlier this year when Alexander Zverev lost to Dominic Thiem in the Roland Garros quarter-finals.

This time Zverev (4) will start against Peter Polansky (120), who found his place in the main competition as a Lucky Loser, so he shouldn't be a real threat for the German. In the second round Zverev should face either Jiri Vesely (87) or Corentin Moutet (112), which makes his challenge to surpass his best ever US Open performance pretty achievable. But is he ready for something bigger?

  • Marin Cilic +1308 @ Bookmaker

The 2014 champion is seeded as number seven at this year's US Open and the 29-year-old Croatian is surely eager for another Grand Slam trophy. He lost the 2018 Australian Open final to Roger Federer in five sets. At the conclusion of the tournament, Cilic reached a career-high ATP ranking of number three.

Marin Cilic arrives in New York after a 2-1 semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati, which was Djokovic's response for the lost final at Queen's Club (on grass) in June. We believe that Cilic has established himself as one of the very tough tennis players in the past couple of years and he shouldn't be underestimated.

  • Juan Martin del Potro +1408 @ Bookmaker

It's been almost a decade since Juan Martin Del Potro won his first and only Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows as he blazed his way past Federer and Nadal to snatch the trophy. Nine years after his US Open triumph, the Argentine with the sledgehammer forehand is at a career-high ATP ranking, number three, and has consistently proved his threat to the biggest names, although his career was nearly ended by wrist problems.

Del Potro is known as an offensive baseliner with a deep, flat, topspin groundstroke, and a very powerful serve where he pushes his opponents deeper with his heavy groundstroke and trying to blast past them with a winner. Although he possessed a very consistent and powerful double-handed backhand, injury and surgeries on his wrist have rendered his backhand the main weakness in his game. In order to compensate for the newfound vulnerability in his backhand wing, the Argentine has improved the accuracy and power of his other shots, most notably his serve.

Del Potro will kick-off his 2018 US Open campaign against Donald Young and if he proceeds, he will face either Denis Kudla or Matteo Berrettini in the second round. Andy Murray could be a potential opponent in the third round though.

  • Andy Murray +1612 @ Bookmaker
  • Kevin Anderson +3649 @ Bookmaker
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas +4000 @ MyBookie
  • Grigor Dimitrov +4000 @ Bookmaker

2018 US Open Betting Picks and Prediction

Although he is currently seeded sixth, Novak Djokovic will always be among the great favorites, alongside Nadal and Federer in this case. He seems to have regained his swagger and confidence on court, but most importantly – there appear to be no outward signs of the elbow injury that plagued him for a long time.

Meanwhile, Djokovic has reunited with his longtime coach Marian Vajda earlier this year so he can once again rely on a trusted and insightful advisor.

Also, when The Djoker is fully fit, concentrated and full of confidence, the Serb is one of the toughest opponents to wear down over a best of five sets match. He certainly is a natural born killer on the tennis court.

With both Nadal and Federer being more susceptible to defeat on hard-courts than on clay (Nadal) and grass (Federer), while a fit and confident Djokovic can play his very best tennis on hard-courts, we are backing Djokovic (+240) to cap off his wonderful 2018 turnaround with a second successive Grand Slam victory.

Aside of the top three contenders, we like the chances of former champions Juan Martin Del Potro (+1408) and Marin Cilic (+1308). The Argentine (Del Potro) won the 2009 US Open and this yet remains his only Grand Slam success, while Cilic triumphed in 2014, which is also his only Grand Slam title. Both are big hitters who, on their day, can overcome any of the main favorites.

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