Unfortunately, when talking about men’s Tennis in 2019 we’re still talking about the big three as Djokovic, Federer and Nadal continue to sweep all before them. The general form of the men’s field this year is interesting, two surprise losses for both Djokovic (lost to Daniil Medvedev) and Federer (lost to David Goffin) last week in Cincinnati do raise some questions as to whether the cracks are starting to appear in the armour.
However, Men’s Grand slam tennis is a different beast with five sets and we still feel Federer/Djoker/Nadal will have enough to carry on their insane dominance for another year.
Unfortunately, there’s not too much value to be found in the men’s outright betting for the speculative punter who likes an underdog. With a fairly stacked top half of the draw including Djokovic, Federer and Medvedev, Rafa should have a relatively clean run to the final facing potentially Alex Zverev or Karen Khachenov in the quarter-finals and either Dom Thiem or Stefanos Tsitispas in the semis.
Given he’ll likely face Djokovic or Federer in a final it would be hard to know whether the Spaniard could take it home given his comprehensive losses to both players last time they played on a surface that wasn’t clay. Therefore, making EW a nice cover should things come undone in the final.
Unlike the Men’s tournament, the Women’s field rolls into flushing meadow’s relatively open and with a lot of questions, this season has seen three different major champions.
The two biggest WTA events of the summer hardcourt season were won by players ranked outside the Top 15 and only three players made it to the quarter-finals or better in both Toronto and Cincinnati.
Can Serena handle the pressure? Will young Canadian Bianca Andreescu continue her meteoric rise following another impressive dismantling of the field in Toronto two weeks ago? Can former Finalist Madison Key’s carry her form from last week’s big Cincinnati win into the tournament? Or will one the other stalwarts of women’s tennis get hot just at the right time to go on a run? So many questions to answer but you get the point. It’s wide open.
Bianca Andreescu’s 2019 hardcourt season has been out of this world. Having won 29 of her last 33 games on hard court in the last year including a run of six straight wins that featured the likes of Serena Williams* (Williams retired due to injury 3-1 down), Sofia Kenin, Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Bertens.
The Canadian faces a potential showdown with her hero Simona Halep in the fourth round which will be the only true test for the Canadian in this quarter, should she play to her abilities however we feel this will be too much for Halep who has struggled with injury over the last month. The Canadian Express isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Traders’ US Open Selections:
Rafa Nadal to win outright @ 7/2 Each Way
Bianca Andreescu to win her Quarter @ 9/2