US Open Men’s Winning Favorites

Posted by Henry Watkins on Friday,August 26, 2016 3:27, EST in

Each of the Grand Slam events on the men’s tennis circuit has something a little unique, going beyond just the different playing surfaces. The US Open is a return to hard court action, but it’s also an opportunity to play under the lights at Flushing Meadow in prime time. There have been some classic games over the years, many of which have gone late, forcing avid tennis fans to stay up well beyond their bed time. We can only hope that this year’s event gives us a few such nights, and there are certainly enough top class players on display to make it happen. The draw for the US Open will be made on Friday, before the opening round action gets underway on Monday, August 29th. Let’s take a look at some of the men who are sure to be among the betting odds favorites.

US Open Men’s Winning Favorites

 

 

Novak Djokovic

The Serbian Novak Djokovic has not been at his best of late, suffering early exits at both Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics. This has been his tournament, though, and he has made it to the final in 5 of the last 6 years. He is the defending champion in this tournament, but it should be noted that no-one on the men’s side has won back to back since Roger Federer did it back in 2008. That may be reason enough to look elsewhere.

Andy Murray

It has been a pretty great summer for the Scotsman, as he has won Wimbledon and taken gold at the Olympic Games. Murray won this event back in 2012, but hasn’t been to the final since then. While this is certainly not his best tournament, he is on a run of form at the moment that is going to make him very hard to beat. For me, he is the one who is the most likely to come away with the win.

Stan Wawrinka

It has been a solid year for Wawrinka, as he has posted a 32-12 record, good enough to get him to number three in the world. He was bounced out early at Wimbledon, but did make it all the way to the semi-final at the Rogers in Toronto recently. A favorable draw could see him make a deep run at Flushing Meadow.

Rafael Nadal

This is a man who is a two-time winner of the US Open, and who has been in the final 3 times in the last 6 years. While he is not as dominating as he was a few years back, he still has to be considered a threat, especially with Roger Federer out through injury. Nadal just missed out on the bronze at the Olympics, so he is in decent form. If he can find a way to turn back the clock a few years, he may just make a run at this thing.

 

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Kei Nishikori

Nishikori made it to the US Open final in 2014 before losing to Marin Cilic in straight sets. He is in fine form right now, losing in the final at the Rogers in Toronto, and then picking up silver at the Olympic Games. He has to be considered a legitimate threat.

I’m going with Andy Murray to continue his winning ways.