Nadal, Anderson set as betting favorites on US Open odds
Rafael Nadal vies for his first berth in a US Open final since 2013 when he takes on Juan Martin del Potro in Friday’s semi-final as a heavy -300 favorite on the betting lines.
Nadal entered the tournament trailing only favorite Roger Federer at +300 on the US Open championship odds, and easily advanced to the semi-final with a straight sets win over Andrey Rublev as -910 chalk.
The 31-year-old Spaniard has lost just one set during his bid for a third career US Open, but faces his first seeded opponent in Friday afternoon’s match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Nadal’s relatively easy path to the semi-final ends a disappointing two-year run at Flushing Meadows, during which he failed to advance beyond the fourth round. The top-ranked player on the ATP rankings, Nadal has emerged victorious in his past three US Open semi-final appearances, going on to claim titles in 2010 and 2013.
Pegged as the No. 24 seed at this year’s tournament, del Potro is riding high after knocking off Federer in five sets as a heavy underdog to advance to the semi-finals for the first time since his 2009 US Open title victory.
The Argentine veteran is a lengthy +240 underdog on Friday, but has topped Nadal in their past two meetings, including a semi-final victory at the 2016 Olympics and a semi-final win at the 2013 World Tour Masters in Shanghai.
The other men’s semi-final has No. 28 Kevin Anderson meeting No. 12 Pablo Carreño Busta as a -250 favorite. Anderson entered this year’s tournament as a long +8000 bet on the futures, but has enjoyed a breakthrough after reaching the quarter-finals just once in eight previous US Open appearances.
Carreño Busta has made an impressive run in this year’s tournament, knocking off two higher seeded opponents en route to his first semi-final berth at a grand slam event, including a five-set, fourth-round win over No. 6 Dominic Thiem. However, the 26-year-old Spaniard remains a +200 underdog in Friday evening’s clash with Anderson.
Meanwhile, the US Open women’s singles final will be an all-American affair, with No. 15 Madison Keys battling Sloane Stephens as a -220 favorite.
Keys has one WTA Tour win this season, a straight sets victory over Coco Vandeweghe as a +100 underdog at the 2017 Stanford Classic. Listed at No. 83 on the WTA rankings, Stephens trails with +180 odds, but defeated Keys in their only previous meeting, a straight sets win in the Round of 64 at the 2015 Miami Open.