Bet Novak Djovokic to get back to winning ways at the US Open tennisPublished August 29, 2016
The US Open tennis seems to be the most unpredictable Grand Slam event on the Men’s circuit in recent years and various issues affecting the top players suggest that the 2016 tournament could produce another surprise.
This is a tournament where the progress of Novak Djokovic will be particularly closely monitored. Since completing a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open in June, Djokovic has suddenly started to look almost human. Having been nigh on invincible over the past few years, there are just a few question marks over the Serbian World No.1 after early exits at Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics.
Djokovic missed last week’s Cincinnati Open, citing the need to recover from a recurring injury, believed to a wrist problem. The big question is whether that injury will still be an issue at Flushing Meadows.
Andy Murray’s career-best 22-match winning run was finally ended in the final of the aforementioned Cincinnati Masters at the weekend by Marin Cilic. It was Murray’s first defeat since the final of the French Open to Djokovic and the two-time Olympic champion must now believe that he can secure the No.1 ranking himself. His biggest problem in New York could be fatigue.
Of the remaining ‘Big Four’, Roger Federer is out for the rest of the year with injury whilst Rafael Nadal, although still a significant threat, is not the player of old.
Cincinnati was a timely victory for Cilic, who was US champion in 2014. Another former US champion (2009), Juan Martin del Potro has been given a wild card entry after his silver medal in Rio. The Argentinean is one of the most talented players in the game, but injuries have always hampered his career. That epic four-hour final with Murray may have taken a lot out of him, but he will unquestionably be a player that the big guns will be desperate to avoid.
Milos Raonic has been consistently reaching the latter stages of major tournaments in 2016 and is another contender but, if back to full fitness, Djokovic could be value at even money – not a price we see for him too often.