The U.S. Open begins today, and while we all knew that it would be a whole lot different than what we are used to, we perhaps didn’t realize just how different. The women’s tournament started this morning in an empty stadium that was more than a little odd to see, but it’s something that we are going to need to become accustomed to over the next couple of weeks. The players who arrived in New York City have essentially been holed up and routinely tested since arriving, which must be an adjustment for them. There are also some familiar faces who did not make the trip, opting instead to skip through injury or in preparation for the clay season. Let’s take a closer look at the favorite to win the US Open so you can make your bets against his Tennis odds.
US Open Betting Analysis: Djokovic is Favorite: will he win?
As much as this tournament will be a test for the players who did decide to play, it is also a test for the city and the tennis fans in New York. The Big Apple was hit hard by the pandemic, so it is going to be interesting to see how they handle an event of this size, and how fans deal with not being able to attend a tournament they love. On the court, it is Novak Djokovic who is the overwhelming favorite to win, especially with Nadal and Federer out, but can he rise to the occasion in an empty stadium?
Djokovic’s Part of the Bracket
If truth be told, it looks like pretty smooth sailing for Djokovic all the way to the semi-final. He has had some issues with neck stiffness, but he seemed to get better as the week wore on, winning the Western & Southern Open by beating Milos Raonic in the final. That tournament, which was held in NYC instead of Cincinnati as it usually is, was the 80th career title for Djokovic. Now, it’s all about winning the US Open and landing his 17th major.
He will open the tournament against Damir Dzumhur and should have a really easy time of it. Djokovic’s first game against a seeded player would not come until at least the 3rd round, with Jan-Lennard Struff on the horizon. It is worth noting that he beat Struff in straight sets when they met in the Western & Southern Open last week. You have to say that his path to the semi-final looks pretty clear. If he gets there, potential opponents could include Stefanos Tsitsipas or Alexander Zverev.
Who are Djokovic’s Main Threats?
In his part of the bracket, the toughest opponent is not likely going to show up until the 4th round, where hard-serving John Isner looks like a possible opponent. When you consider that Djokovic is 10-2 versus Isner and has won that meeting 7 straight times, you get the sense that he is definitely semi-final bound.
That would leave either Tsitsipas or Zverev as his toughest opponents on the way to the final, and I think he is more that capable of beating both.
I think Djokovic makes it to the final and goes against Milos Raonic, just as he did last week. I also think that we are looking at the same result, so I am all over Djokovic to win the U.S. Open.