Nadal Starts US Open as World No. 1
Rafael Nadal beat Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Cincinnati Masters’ quarter-finals last week, followed by France’s Richard Gasquet in the semis, before dispatching fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas in straight sets in the final. The Ohio tournament allowed the 31-year-old 15-Grand Slam winner to claim the World No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for the fourth time, since first achieving the ranking on 18 August, 2008.
However, Nadal’s elevation to the top spot hasn’t affected his odds of winning the men’s singles title at the US Open, set to start in New York next week. Rafa is still second in the outright futures betting, at prices ranging from $2.25 to 2.80, although he will be the first choice for many Australian tennis punters.
Federer Tops Betting Despite Back Injury
Current World No. 3 Roger Federer is still top of the US Open men’s singles betting, at $1.05 to $1.80. The Swiss legend holds the world record of 19 Grand Slam singles titles, two of them garnered at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year. His roaring comeback from a knee injury that plagued him for 18 months has many convinced that he’ll triumph at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center too.
However, Federer himself has told reporters that at the age of 39, the idea that he can win three Grand Slams in a year is ‘a joke’. His attitude might be more realistic than his odds suggest, considering he missed the Cincinnati Masters to rest the back injury he picked up at the Montreal Masters at the start of this month. After taking four titles in his last six tournaments, including the 2017 French Open, Nadal might be the Fed’s nemesis.
Murray Fourth in the Betting
Scotsman Andy Murray was unseated from his World No. 1 spot by Nadal’s Ohio win, and he’s the second seed behind Nadal for the US Open. Nevertheless, he’s only fourth in the betting: punters can back him at between $4.50 and $10.00.
The potential surprise is German rising star Alexander Zverev. Moving up one spot in the ATP rankings after his Round of 32 exit in Cincinnati to World No. 6, the 20-year-old has five ATP titles under his belt, but has never made it past the fourth round in a Grand Slam. He’s seeded sixth for the US Open, but is currently third in the betting, at $7.00-$8.20.