This year’s U.S. Open will be a rather muted affair. There will be no fans in attendance at this year’s major due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the biggest names in men’s tennis won’t be in Flushing Meadows. Former champions Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, and Rafael Nadal have decided not to play the U.S. Open, and other top players like Nick Kyrgios, Gael Monfils, Kei Nishikori, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have also bowed out.
The 2020 U.S. Open will be broadcast in the United States on the ESPN family of networks and the Tennis Channel. This year’s event will start on Monday, August 31, and conclude on Sunday, September 13.
Odds to Win the 2020 U.S. Open
Novak Djokovic -140
Stefanos Tsitsipas +620
Daniil Medvedev +650
Dominic Thiem +1400
Milos Raonic +1800
Alexander Zverev +2200
Roberto Bautista Agut +2800
Andy Murray +4000
Denis Shapovalov +4000
Andrey Rublev +5200
Grigor Dimitrov +5500
Matteo Berrettini +5500
All Other Players are +6500 or More
As the only one of men’s tennis’ big three to be taking part in the 2020 U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic is a substantial favorite per the tennis betting odds. Djokovic has won this tournament three times in the last decade, and he is currently the No. 1 ranked player in the world. He surged past Rafael Nadal in the rankings once more in February, and he also won the only major that has been played so far this year with a record eighth win at the Australian Open. Djokovic has been dominant at the Western & Southern Open, so he is in fine form ahead of this major.
Stefanos Tsitsipas needed a tiebreaker in both sets to beat hard-serving John Isner in the Round of 16, and he was down to Reilly Opelka in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open before Opelka retired. Tsitsipas is the No. 6 player in the world, but his only victory this season came against a relatively weak field at the Open 13 in Marseille back in February. He was handled by Djokovic in Dubai the very next week, but he did beat Djokovic in two of their four matches on hard court.
Last year’s U.S. Open final saw Daniil Medvedev take Rafael Nadal to five sets, so Medvedev is hoping to finally break through and win his first major this year with Nadal out of the equation. The Russian has won two of his last three matches against Djokovic, and all three of those matches went to three sets. He is the No. 5 player in the world at the moment, and his powerful serve really carries over on hard court given his 6’6 frame.
Dominic Thiem is sure to be a popular choice per the current U.S. Open betting odds. Thiem is the current ATP No. 3, just ahead of Roger Federer, and he made the Australian Open finals earlier this year. While he fell to Djokovic in five sets in that major, he defeated Djokovic in four of his last five matches prior to that defeat. Thiem has never made it past the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, and he was stunned in the first-round last year. He is certainly worth a wager at 14-1 though.
Milos Raonic has never had much luck at Flushing Meadows. He has never advanced further than the fourth round here, and his hopes of winning a major at some point in his career are starting to fade away. Raonic is one of the best servers of all-time, winning 91 percent of his service games, but that hasn’t translated into success in the U.S. Open for one reason or another. He might need someone else to knock out Djokovic though, as he is 0-10 against Djokovic in his career and lost in straight sets in the quarterfinals of this year’s Australian Open.
There are only three former champions taking part in the U.S. Open: Djokovic, Marin Cilic, and Andy Murray. Murray is likely to see some action at 40-1 as a recognizable name, but he is not the same player we saw in the past. Two hip surgeries kept him on the sidelines for much of 2018 and 2019, and he did not look sharp in a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Raonic earlier this week.
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