World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Daniil Medvedev and Olympic gold medalist Sascha Zverev are the leading favorites to win the U.S. Open beginning Aug, 30, according to bookmaker.eu
Djokovic (-130) is seeking to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the Grand Slam, but recently pulled out of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati to rest and recuperate after the Tokyo Olympics. The 34-year-old is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam titles, and is seeking his record 21st in New York.
Medvedev (+500), is a two-time Grand Slam finalist looking to break through and win his first major. The 25-year-old lost to Djokovic in the Australian Open final in February and to Nadal in an epic five-set U.S. Open final in 2019.
Zverev (+650) is coming off winning the gold medal in Tokyo where he beat Djokovic in the semifinals. The 24-year-old reached the U.S. Open final a year ago, losing to Dominic Thiem.
After those three, French Open runner-up and world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas is the next favorite at +900 followed by Nadal at +1150.
Andy Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champ, likes Tsitsipas, who led Djokovic two sets to love in the French Open final before losing in five, and who beat Nadal at the Australian Open.
“As far as sleepers, I think Tsitsipas should be ahead of a couple of guys on that favorites list,” Roddick said Friday on Tennis Channel, referring to another set of odds that had Nadal and defending champ Dominic Thiem ahead of him.
Roddick also called Wimbledon semifinalist Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, a “dark horse.” Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini is also another name to consider.
Thiem has struggled since winning the Open last year and remains a huge question mark, while living legends Nadal, 35, and Federer, 40, are both banged up with injures. Nadal withdrew from Toronto with a foot injury, and Federer pulled out of both Toronto and Cincinnati with a knee injury and remains “uncertain” for New York
“This week I will meet my doctors and my team and then we’ll see what happens next,” Federer told Blickch. “At the moment, everything seems still a little uncertain.“