The final Grand Slam of the year takes centre stage at Flushing Meadows, with Rafael Nadal looking to defend the US Open title he won comfortably last year.
Is Novak back? The 13-time Grand Slam winner romped to the Cincinnati title with a straight sets win over Roger Federer, and the Serbian star is the odds-on favourite to claim a third US Open crown. Djokovic last won at Flushing Meadows in 2015, and he’s paying $3.50 to repeat the feat and lift the trophy in New York.
Starting Odds: $3.50
The Spaniard stunned the world to win his third US Open title last year, but there’s a sense Nadal may face tougher opposition this time around. Nadal continues to grind down opponents with his relentless brand of defensive tennis, and after dropping just three sets last year, he’s paying $4.50 to claim his 18th Grand Slam title on the hard courts.
Starting Odds: $4.50
He may be considered the greatest tennis player of all time, but that hasn’t made Roger Federer an outright favourite to add to his record 20 Grand Slam titles. Federer won five successive US Open titles in the mid-2000s, but New York hasn’t been a happy hunting ground since. After losing in the quarter-finals last year, Federer is paying $5.50 to win.
Starting Odds: $5.50
Is ‘Sascha’ the best of the rest? The younger Zverev brother has enjoyed another solid season, but the talented German has developed an unwanted reputation for struggling at Grand Slam level. He made the quarter-finals at the French Open this year, but it will take a serious step up in form for the 21-year to trouble the big guns on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Starting Odds: $10.00
One of the most popular players on tour, del Potro has enjoyed a stellar campaign. The beloved Argentine has won two titles – including Indian Wells, where he beat Roger Federer in the final – and at $12.00 del Potro remains a compelling dark horse to add to his only Grand Slam title, the 2009 US Open.
Starting Odds: $12.00
Like del Potro, the towering Cilic also won his only Grand Slam title in New York. The softly-spoken Croatian claimed the 2014 US Open title, but at $17.00 he’s long odds to repeat those heroics here. Nevertheless, Cilic has enjoyed a solid season to date, reaching the final of the Australian Open – where he lost in five sets to Roger Federer – and winning at Queen’s Club in London.
Starting Odds: $17.00
Can Australia’s greatest hope live up to his undoubted potential? Nick Kyrgios started the year with a bang by winning the Brisbane International, but he’s endured a patchy season thereafter. After beating Andy Murray at Queen’s only to lose to eventual champion Marin Cilic, Kyrgios was comfortably dispatched by Kei Nishikori in the third round at Wimbledon.
Starting Odds: $34.00
This has been a breakout year for the teenaged Australian, although he may find the US Open a step up in class. However, de Minaur comes into the tournament on the back of some excellent form, having narrowly lost to Alexander Zverev in the Washington final in what was his first ever ATP 500-level final.
Starting Odds: $81.00
Has Simona Halep finally exorcised her big game ghosts? Having lost three Grand Slam finals in a row – including a heart-stopper to Caroline Wozniacki at this year’s Australian Open – the Romanian finally won a Grand Slam title at the fourth time of asking by winning this year’s French Open. Not surprisingly, she’s an equal-favourite at $6.00 to triumph here.
Starting Odds: $6.00
Serena Williams has been synonymous with Flushing Meadows over the years, having won no less than six US Open titles – including three in a row between 2012 and 2014. Yet those were her last US Open titles, and having lost the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber – her first Grand Slam final since returning as a mother – Williams is an equal-favourite at $6.00 to lift the trophy in New York.
Starting Odds: $6.00
One of the most popular players on the tour is back in form and winning titles, with Angelique Kerber stunning the tennis world to win Wimbledon for a second time this year. She’s now beaten Serena Williams twice in Grand Slam finals, and at $7.00 the outgoing German looks decent odds of repeating her US Open heroics of 2016, where she beat Karolina Pliskova in the final.
Starting Odds: $7.00
It’s been a year of ups and downs ever since Sloane Stephens claimed her maiden Grand Slam title with a shock win at the 2017 US Open. Since then Stephens has lost a nerve-shredding three-set final French Open final to Simona Halep, improved her ranking to world number three and lost in the first round at Wimbledon. A mixed bag, then, for a player paying $11.00 to claim the title in New York.
Starting Odds: $11.00
The wheels have fallen off for a player who at one stage looked like becoming the new queen of women’s tennis. After winning Wimbledon in 2017, Muguruza suffered the earliest exit by a defending champion when she was beaten in the second round by unheralded Alison Van Uytvanck this year. That defeat summed up Muguruza’s season, although she shouldn’t be discounted as a dark horse to win her first US Open crown.
Starting Odds: $16.00
Having lost the 2017 US Open final to her close friend Sloane Stephens, injuries have restricted Madison Keys’ performances this year. She nevertheless reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and lost to Stephens again in the semi-finals at Roland Garros, and at $16.00 she too could a dark horse to break through and win her first Grand Slam title.
Starting Odds: $16.00
Still only 22, Ipswich-born Ash Barty feels like she’s been on tour forever. She’s enjoyed a decent 2018 season – winning Nottingham – but the Grand Slams have yielded little joy for the popular Queenslander. Her all-court game makes her a decent outsider, but she’ll need to enjoy the tournament of her life if she’s to trouble the big guns at Flushing Meadows.
Starting Odds: $67.00
Where did it all go wrong for Sam Stosur? After stunning Serena Williams to win the 2011 US Open, the past few years have been nothing short of a grind for the veteran professional. Her 2018 campaign has been nothing to write home about – losing in the first round at the Australian Open, the third round at Roland Garros and the second round at Wimbledon. Can she turn back the clock and reprise her stellar run of seven years ago?
Starting Odds: $251.00