The US Open 2nd round gets underway this Wednesday but before that, it’s time for us to take a look at the highest value players in this competition.
After the first round, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray remain the two main favourites to win the title yet, the prices offered on them are now closer than ever, with both priced at 2.50 at Bet365.
Djokovic’s minor physical issues are the main reason for this market movement, however, the Serbian already said that it’s nothing serious and he should present himself at 100% on the latter stages of the competition, which makes his outright odds a very interesting price at the moment.
On the other hand, Djokovic and Murray to reach the final is still available at 2.25 at Bet365, which is also a valuable option for this event.
Milos Raonic started his campaign with a very solid victory over a dangerous opponent like Dustin Brown. Milos is currently in the 2nd quarter with Rafael Nadal as his biggest threat and even though Nadal’s straight sets victory on the first round against Denis Istomin, the Spaniard is still far from his best, ending that match with 21 winners / 27 unforced errors. With this in mind, Raonic to win the 2nd quarter at 2.88 at Paddy Power seems to be a very interesting bet at this stage.
Despite some doubts concerning her physical condition, Serena Williams performed at a superb level on her debut against Ekaterina Makarova, dismissing the Russian by 6 – 3 6 – 3. Looking now to Serena’s stats on that match, the highlight clearly goes to her serve, with the American firing 12 aces, winning 78.26% of the points played on her serve and not facing a single break point.
After the match Williams said that she’s feeling okay and even though she might experience some discomfort on her shoulder in the day after playing, there is always one day to rest between matches in Grand Slam events and for that reason, we believe the Serena should leave New York with the title, which is currently priced at 2.25 at Bet365.
After a very tough first round, Garbine Muguruza and Madison Keys are still the main favourites to win the 3rd quarter.
Both players are known for their firepower and even though Garbine’s tremendous career record on Grand Slam events, she only won 2 matches in her previous four appearances in Flushing Meadows. On the other hand, Keys loves to compete on American soil and after only losing to Serena in the 4th round last year, Madison is trying to go a step further this season.
With this in mind, Keys seems to be the player with higher value to win this third quarter, with the American currently priced at 3.50 at Bet365.
Even though the 2016 Australian Open champion – Angelique Kerber – is the undeniable favourite to win the 4th quarter, there are some dangerous players who can create many problems to the German.
Known for her aggressive baseline game, Dominika Cibulkova can never be underestimated, especially on Grand Slam events – where she holds a terrific 65.09% winning record while her overall winning record is 60.93%. Cibulkova is currently priced at 7.00 at Bet365 to win the 4th quarter and although we agree that Kerber is the favourite, this is still a very interesting price that deserves a small bet.