Tennis doesn’t always get the same amount of love as other sports. But, trust us, the best players on tour are every bit the superstars that we see go to work — and dazzle — on the gridiron or the diamond. And when these professionals take their talents to the courts of a Grand Slam event, you can be sure to expect next-level excitement.
There’s only one Grand Slam tournament left in the 2018 season, and that’s the US Open. And while the top players in the sport will head to Flushing Meadows in the hopes of being the last one standing, only one player can hoist the trophy in the end. The way Vegas oddsmakers see it, these individuals are the odds-on favorites to win the 2018 US Open.
Alexander Zverev (+800)
Alexander Zverev has had himself an impressive 2018 season. The 6-foot-6 German, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the world, is 43-12 overall on the year, is the winner of three tournaments, and is sitting on a cool $4,380,236 in prize money. Don’t count the 21-year-old out at the US Open.
Rafael Nadal (+400)
Nadal is the No.1-ranked player in the world, and quite frankly, it’s not even close. Not only has the Spanish superstar won five tournaments this season, he’s only managed to lose three matches all year. If Nadal hadn’t fallen in the Wimbledon semis, he’d probably have better odds heading into the year’s final Slam.
Roger Federer (+350)
Roger Federer knows how to get the job done at the US Open. Out of his 20 career Grand Slam titles, five of them have come at Flushing Meadows. Federer hasn’t won this tournament since 2008, however, if the No. 2 player in the world brings his A game, he’ll be tough to beat.
Novak Djokovic (+275)
At one point in time, Novak Djokovic appeared to be a lost man. Following an impressive performance — and victory — at this year’s Wimbledon, that’s no longer the case. Djokovic looks like a player reborn, and that spells trouble for the rest of the field.
Statistics courtesy of ATP World Tour.
Other notable names to watch:
- Andy Murray (+1200)
- Juan Martin del Potro (+1200)
- Marin Cilic (+1800)
- Nick Kyrgios (+2000)
- Stan Wawrinka (+2500)
- Milos Raonic (+2500)
- Grigor Dimitrov (+2800)
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