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US Open, New York, USA Betting Tips

The second Grand Slam event of the year begins at Flushing Meadow on August 31 with the men's final taking place on September 13 . New champions will be crowned this year as neither of the 2019 winners - Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andresscu - will be playing this year.

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The 2020 US Open

Men's Singles

The US Open is usually the final Grand Slam of the four that are held every year. It's all different this year because of the ongoing health crisis and this is only the second of three Grand Slams being held in 2020.  There has barely been any tennis played since the Australian Open was held in January, an event won by Novak Djokovic. He has won this title on three occasions and a win this year will take him level with Rafael Nadal and John McEnroe on four titles.

There are several of the top players who won't be playing this event. Neither Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer will be taking part and it's the first Grand Slam this century in which neither of these legends have appeared. Other highly ranked players who will be absent are:  Fabio Fognini, Nick Kyrgios, Gael Monfils, Lucas Pouille, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Stan Wawrink and Kei Nishikori. Let's take a look ahead to the 2020 US Open men's singles. Can Djokovic win the title for the second time in three years?

Seedings

  1. Novak Djokovic
  2. Dominic Thiem
  3. Daniil Medvedev
  4. Stefanos Tsitsipas
  5. Alexander Zverev
  6.  Matteo Berrettini
  7. David Goffin
  8. Roberto Bautista Agut
  9. Diego Schwartzman - lost in the first round to Cameron Norrie.
  10. Andrey Rublev
  11. Karin Khachanov
  12. Denis Shapovalov
  13. Cristian Garin - beaten in the second round by Mikhail Kukushkin
  14. Gregor Dmitrov
  15. Felix Auger-Aliassime
  16. John Isner - lost in round one, beaten by Steve Johnson.

The draw has been made and Novak Djokovic was seeded to meet John Isner in the last sixteen. However, Isner lost in the first round and the number one seed will face either 20th seed Pablo Carrena Busta or Riccardas Berankis.  His scheduled quarter final opponent is David Goffin with a seeded clash against Stefanos Tsitispas in the last four. The bottom half of the draw is likely to produce a semi-final between Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev.

Who will Win the Men's Singles?

  • Novak Djokovic - 4/6
  • Daniil Medvedev - 6/1
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas - 7/1
  • Dominic Thiem - 9/1
  • Alexander Zverev - 22/1

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Djokovic Looking to Win Fourth US Open Title

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Novak Djokovic is the world number one and has won five of the last seven Grand Slams. Of the two that he didn't win, ine was the 2019 US Open championship. He did win here in 2018 though, the third time he'd become US Open champion. This year has seen him enter three tournaments and he has been victorious in all of them. He won in Dubai, then the Australian Open before winning the ATP Cup with Serbia. All of his matches were won in that team tournament, including beating Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal.  All 18 of his matches on the ATP Tour have been won this year but he comes into this tournament with worries over a neck injury. If he plays anywhere near his best, then another title is more than likely.

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Thiem Still Looking for his First Grand Slam Victory

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Dominic Thiem will be the second highest ranked player in the men's singles draw. He is still looking to win his first Grand Slam title and this could just happen in New York in September.  His year began with a run to the final of the Australian Open where he lost in five sets to Novak Djokovic after leading by two sets to one.  He beat Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev on his way to that final.

The 26-year-old is currently third in the world rankings but has lost four of his 13 matches this season. His good run at the Australian Open was followed by a poor performance in the ATP Cup, losing two of his three matches both to players outside the top 25.  His best performance in New York was a quarter final two years ago but with a depleted field this year, if the draw opens up and/or he hits form, then this could be his year.

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Medvedev  Looking to Go One Better This Time

This time last year Daniil Medvedev was in top form and he'll hope to repeat that in 2020. Medvedev reached the final in New York last year, losing to Rafael Nadal in a classic match. He trailed the Spaniard two sets to love before battling back to level the game. Nadal won the final set but his opponent showed that he is a future Grand Slam winner. His year didn't get off to a good start at all though with some bad defeats to much lower ranked players. He only made it to the last sixteen of the Australian Open before losing in five sets to Stan Wawrinka. Much better form was shown in the ATP Cup where he won four games in a row (three against top 20 players) before losing a match against Novak Djokovic. 

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Surprises Likely But Who will Cause Them?

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With players being absent and those taking part short of match practice, this is going to be an interesting tournament. Alexander Zverev reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year. That was his best performance in a Grand Slam after a series of disappointing results. His best result in New York is a run to the fourth round last year. This week saw him lose to Andy Murray, not the ideal preparation for this tournament. If he can get through the first week though, he could be a danger to everyone. As for Murray, that win was a good one for the Scot but can he cope with a series of five-set matches?

Stefanos Tsitsipas is going to be seeded the highest he's ever been in a Grand Slam but will need to improve his record to go deep in New York. He has only ever won one main draw match in this tournament and only once gone past the fourth round of a Grand Slam. That was in the 2019 US Open when making it to the semi-finals. A good run looks likely in this tournament. 

David Goffin has never made it past the quarter finals of a Grand Slam tournament. The last three years in New York has seen him knocked out in the fourth round. With a weakened field this year, perhaps he could go further than ever before.

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Women's Singles

It's almost a tradition now that women's singles events in Grand Slams are both open and difficult to predict. That looks to be the case again this year but one fact we can predict is that there will be a new champion this year. Several players have already withdrawn from this tournament including the reigning champion Bianca Andreescu (herself a surprise winner last year) and world number one Ashleigh Barty. The list of notable absentees continues with Simona Halep, Belinda Bencic, Kiki Bertens, Elina Svitolina, Julia Gorges and Jelena Ostapenko. 

Serena Williams has confirmed that she will be playing and the top seed is due to be Karolina Pliskova. Number two seed is likely to be Sofia Kenin who caused a shock when winning the Australian Open this year. Former champion Naomi Osaka is also due to be playing and the 2018 champion will be a major threat.

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Seedings

  1. Karolina Pliskova - lost in the second round to Caroline Garcia.
  2. Sofia Kenin
  3. Serena Williams
  4. Naomi Osaka
  5. Aryna Sabalenka
  6. Petra Kvitova
  7. Madison Keys
  8. Petra Martic
  9. Johanna Konta
  10. Garbine Muguruza - defeated in round two by Tsvetsana Pironkova 
  11. Elena Rybakina - beaten in the second round by Shelby Rogers.
  12. Marketa Vondrousova -- Lost in round two to Aliaksandra Sasnovich
  13. Alison Riske - Beaten in round two by Ann Li.
  14. Anett Kontaveit
  15. Maria Sakkari
  16. Elise Martens

An open and unpredictable tourament is fully expected. Karolina Pliskova has a tough draw with recent tournament Jennifer Brady in her part of the draw. Naomi Osaka is her possible semi-final opponent if the former champion can get past Coco Gauff. The bottom half of the draw sees Serena Williams facing a rematch with Maria Sakkari who beat her this week. Her likely quarter final opponent is Madison Keys with Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin a possible semi-final opponent.

Who Will Win the Title?

  • Naomi Osaka - 4/1
  • Serena Williams - 11/2
  • Petra Kvitova - 8/1
  • Sofia Kenin - 14/1
  • Madison Keys - 14/1
  • Jennifer Brady - 18/1

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Serena Still Chasing Record Equalling Championship

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One more Grand Slam title will see Serena Williams equal the record of 24 currently held by Margaret Court. That's been written for a fair while now though as the American last won a Grand Slam singles title in 2017 when winning the Australian Open. Since then, she's had a baby girl and lost in the final of four Grand Slam finals, including two of the last three. Williams is bidding to reach a third successive US Open final and a seventh title in New York. The first of her six US Open wins came in 1999 and the last victory here was in 2014 but Serena will be all out to finally get that record equalling win.

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Osaka Out to Regain Title

Naomi Osaka won her first ever Grand Slam in this tournament two years ago. She followed that up with a win in Australia the following year but since then has failed to make it past the fourth round in a Grand Slam. That fourth round appearance was in last year's US Open when losing to Belinda Bencic.  This year began with a semi-final at the Brisbane International, beating soon to be Australian Open Sofia Kenin and Kiki Bertens before losing to Karolina Pliskova. Osaka lost to Coco Gauff in the third round of the Australian Open this year and will be hoping for a better run in New York.

Other Likely Challengers

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Petra Kvitova has won two Grand Slam titles but both were on Wimbledon. Her US Open record isn't great with only a couple of quarter finals but she does have the experience that some of her opponents lack. That's a good time to mention Coco Gauff who will one day surely win this title. A good run is likely but it'd be a massive shock if she was to win the title.

Johanna Konta is Britain's main hope and will be a top ten seed. Konta reached a semi-final and two quarter finals in Grand Slams last year but remains a bit inconsistent.here are a fair few players who could win this title.

Since 2015, only Naomi Osaka has won consecutive Grand Slam events and Sofia Kenin will be attempting to equal that feat. Kenin won the Australian Open but that win was only the second time she's made it past the third round of a Grand Slam event. Aryna Sabalenka will be highly seeded but has yet to prove she can go deep in Grand Slam events, but her best performance was a fourth round loss in 2018. 

Madison Keys loves this tournament with a final in 2017 and a semi-final the following year. If she can find her form, then another good run is definitely possible. Another outsider who could do well is Maria Sakkari. The Greek player has just beaten Serena Williams and reached the fourth round of the Australian Open this year. Sakkari may not win the title but is worth backing if facing a top player with nine victories over players who were ranked in the top ten at the time.

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