Tennis Betting: Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov can win 4th Quarter at US Open

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Top bet: Denis Shapovalov to win 4th Quarter @ 9/4 (3.25) with Betway

Roger Federer to win Men’s title @ 12/5 (3.40) with Unibet

Garbiñe Muguruza to win Women’s title @ 10/3 (4.33) with Betfred

With the US Open tennis tournament now well underway, we’ve already had a number of unexpected early casualties to go with the earlier withdrawals.  

As a consequence, there could be good tennis betting opportunities for outsiders in mounting serious challenges in both Singles events, particularly the Men’s.

In a tournament bereft of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, the expectation is increasingly that the Men’s title will go to either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.

In addition to the injury absentees, a number of fancied players – Alexander Zverev, Marin Čilić, Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner and Nick Kyrgios among them – have suffered early exits, leaving an ever diminishing list of potential challengers to the veteran duo.  Such is the carnage that we are already guaranteed that there will be a first-time US Open finalist.

Juan Martin del Potro (the 2009 US Open winner), Dominic Thiem and David Goffin will all fancy their chances of progressing to the latter stages, but they are all in the top half of the draw along with Federer and Nadal.  The bottom half of the draw is where the route to the final looks open to almost anyone.

Five-time US Open champion Federer needed five sets to overcome American teenager Frances Tiafoe in the first round and was taken all the way by Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in the 2nd round too.

Having won Wimbledon without dropping a set, there have to be some concerns that the back injury that disrupted the Swiss legend’s preparation could be an issue in New York.

Nadal might have recently reclaimed the World No.1 spot but, despite two titles, he doesn’t have a great record at Flushing Meadows in recent years, he is the same half of the draw as Federer and struggled to overcome Japan’s Taro Daniel in the 2nd round himself.

Even though Nadal is now favourite for the title, on the basis that any injury concerns are relatively minor and that he has come through two rounds despite not being at his best, Federer stills looks the man to beat at 12/5 (3.40) with Unibet, given the absence of so many established rivals.   

One name to keep an eye on is Denis Shapovalov, the Israeli-born Canadian national.  He’s drawn in the 4th quarter alongside Pablo Carreño Busta, Lucas Pouille and Diego Schwartzman and will now fancy his chances of a place in the last four. 

Shapovalov had to qualify to enter the main draw of this year’s US Open.  In the qualifying rounds, he defeated Denis KudlaGastão Elias, and Jan Šátral.  He’s gone on to eliminate Daniil Medvedev in the 1st round, No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2nd and then Kyle Edmund in 4th round after the British player was forced to retire in the 4th set.

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Shapovalov won the 2016 Wimbledon junior singles title and was a semi-finalist at the 2017 Canadian Open, beating Del Potro and Nadal along the way, so he has a decent pedigree.

The Women’s event looks equally open, with defending champion Angelique Kerber an early casualty and 2nd seed Simona Halep was another 1st round loser in what was always liable to be a tough match against the controversial Maria Sharapova.  Britain’s great hope, Johanna Konta, was also ousted early doors.

Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza has eased through the opening couple of rounds without dropping a set and looks capable of justifying her pre-tournament favouritism.

The Venezuela-born Spaniard is clearly confident at present and on top of her game, having also won the Western & Southern Open a week before the US Open started.  At 10/3 (4.33) with Betfred, she looks worth backing.

No. 1 seed Karolína Plíšková and the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina are serious rivals, whilst the old guard of Sharapova, Petra Kvitová and Venus Williams will all have their backers.  In addition to the 37 year old Williams, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens also offer hope of an American champion.


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