Federer, Muguruza sit atop board as US Open betting favorites
The hits just keep on coming heading into this week’s U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as No. 2 seed Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the men’s singles competition in the Grand Slam event with a hip injury.
Murray joins a list of former top contenders who are sitting out after he was listed as the +650 third choice to win the U.S. Open for the second time according to oddsmakers.
Murray also won the 2012 U.S. Open, but now four of the top five seeds on the men’s side from a year ago will not be competing. Novak Djokovic was the top seed in 2016, and he will miss this year’s U.S. Open due to an elbow injury.
Meanwhile, last year’s No. 3 seed and champion Stan Wawrinka (knee) and No. 5 Milos Raonic (wrist) are also out of action with injuries, leaving this year’s No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Roger Federer as the clear-cut favorites to win it at +300 and +150, respectively.
Federer has been reborn this year, winning two of the first three Grand Slam events (Australian Open and Wimbledon). Nadal won the French Open for the 10th time without Federer, who decided to take the clay-court season off to prepare for the rest of 2017.
While Nadal is currently ranked No. 1 in the world, the break dropped Federer to No. 3.
With only six of the top 11 men’s players in the world on display in New York City, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev is worth watching too. The 20-year-old has yet to break through and win a Grand Slam event, but this could be it as the +450 third choice.
The women’s singles competition at the U.S. Open is much more competitive, with 11 players sitting at +2000 or less compared to just six below that number for the men. Leading the way is 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza as the +400 favorite and the No. 3 seed behind No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and No. 2 Simona Halep.
Pliskova is the +650 second choice to win the U.S. Open while Halep is listed at +1000 along with No. 4 Elina Svitolina and No. 7 Johanna Konta.
Other women worth watching are 2006 champion Maria Sharapova (+1600) – back from a suspension as a Wild Card – two-time winner Venus Williams (+1800) and defending champ Angelique Kerber (+2000). Kerber is the No. 6 seed this year with Williams at No. 9. Sharapova will get a tough test right away against Halep in the first round.