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Tennis: US Open Odds, Picks (Aug 30 – Sept 12)

Aug 22, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) returns a shot during her match against  Jil Teichmann (SUI not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open final at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

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It has been a fascinating year of tennis on the Grand Slam stage. But, the year of high-quality action will be drawn to a close in New York, as the US Open takes center stage. Novak Djokovic will be looking for history-making success in the men’s draw, while the women’s competition looks as open as ever.

US Open 2021 Tennis Schedule

Men’s US Open: Odds & Picks

PlayerVegas Odds
Novak Djokovic-150
Daniil Medvedev+400
Alexander Zverev+650
Stefanos Tsitsipas+800
Matteo Berrettini+2500
Milos Raonic+3300
Andrey Rublev+4000
Jannik Sinner+4000

Novak Djokovic is on the brink of achieving a feat that very few have been able to accomplish during their careers. The Serb will be looking to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year and become the first male player since Rod Laver in 1969 to achieve the feat.

Victory in New York would also see him become the first male player to reach 21 career Grand Slam titles. He is currently tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on 20. It has been another dominant year for Djokovic, as he has won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon already. His victory on the grass at Wimbledon has set him up for this historic feat. Djokovic is the clear favorite in the betting for the Grand Slam this year, after winning the event on three previous occasions.

Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev are likely to be his two main rivals. The latter of those will be the standout selection to oppose Djokovic, as the German beat the world number one on his way to winning Olympic gold in Tokyo. However, it is incredibly hard to see past the irrepressible Serb.

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US Women’s Open: Odds & Picks

PlayerVegas Odds
Ashleigh Barty+450
Naomi Osaka+450
Aryna Sabalenka+900
Bianca Andreescu+1200
Iga Swiatek+1200
Cori Gauff+1600
Karolina Pliskova+1600
Simona Halep+1600

The women’s half of the US Open looks to be the trickier of the two competitions to predict. Few players have been able to dominate in the US Open over the past five years. However, Naomi Osaka is the only player that has achieved multiple victories.

Osaka won the women’s title for the second time in three years in 2020, beating Victoria Azarenka in the final. However, her preparation for the Grand Slam hasn’t been ideal, with defeat in the recent Cincinnati Masters in the round of 16 against Jil Teichmann. Ashleigh Barty is also a player that is hard to look past, as she won the recent Cincinnati Masters without dropping a single set.

Barty is the current world number one, and will be looking for a third Grand Slam success. Her most recent win came at Wimbledon earlier in the summer. However, she hasn’t made it past the fourth round at the US Open in five attempts.

Aryna Sabalenka is enjoying a season to remember, and will also be a difficult customer for every opponent she comes up against. Karolina Pliskova could be the best value selection. The 29-year-old is ranked fourth in the world and has reached the last four of all four Grand Slams. She was beaten in the final of the US Open in 2016, but does have a win percentage of 71% at the Grand Slam.

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