Novak Djokovic’s disqualification for inadvertently striking a lineswoman with a ball sent shockwaves through the US Open and the men’s draw is now totally wide open.
Serena Williams is still among the favourites in the women’s competition as she chases title number 24 and we have picked out a juicy 24/1 acca for the quarter-final round of the event.
|When||August 31–September 13|
|Where||Flushing Meadows, New York City|
|Best Bet||24/1 acca with Bet365|
|Live Streaming||In the UK, the US Open is on Amazon Prime.|
Canada’s rising star Shapovalov is expected by many to be a multiple major winner in the future, but this year could be too soon and we are backing Carreno-Busta in this one.
The Spaniard has won three of their four previous meetings – the only time Shapovalov beat him was on clay – and Carreno-Busta has been to the semis at Flushing Meadows before, in 2017.
Mertens is in the quarter-finals for the second year in a row and evens with Bet365 is a big price for her to continue her fine form by beating former world number one Victoria Azarenka.
While Azarenka’s experience is in her favour, she has not been further than the quarter-finals of a slam event since 2015 so we are happy to side with the Belgian on those grounds here.
Experienced Bulgarian Pironkova has already gone further at the US Open than ever before, but a clash with Williams is surely a step too far for the 32-year-old, who has lost in straight sets both times she has faced the American during her career.
Williams had a bruising three-set match against 15th seed Maria Sakkari after cruising through the opening set, so she will be keen to get this one done and dusted as quickly as possible, with evens on Williams -5.5 on Bet365’s games handicap market far too big to turn down.
Medvedev – who lost in the final a year ago – is the new tournament favourite with Djokovic out of the picture and we are backing him to come through an all-Russian clash with Rublev in straight sets at 6/4 with Bet365.
Both meetings between the players in the past have seen Rublev fail to win a set and Medvedev has looked nothing short of imperious during the tournament – he is yet to drop a set so far.
All odds are correct at the time of publication.
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