Odds show that world’s no. 1 Novak Djokovic would have won his 18th Grand Slam title at the 2020 US Open. But the odds were quick to not be in his favor.
An easy win that would bring Djokovic to the ranks of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. This would have been the story for the Serbian tennis superstar at this year’s US Open, but his campaign quickly ended when he unintentionally struck a line judge in the throat with a ball during his match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
He was down 6-5 at the first set when he passed a ball behind him straight to the line judge, which caused her to fall. Minutes later, he was disqualified by the officials. He exited the court at Flushing Meadows, defaulting his round four match and forfeiting his prize.
Djokovic, known for his undesirable behavior on the court, quickly apologized to the line judge and to the tournament. Unfortunately, his goal to get his 18th Grand Slam title—only third to Nadal (19) and Federer (20)—may wait for a few more months. This loss also breaks his 27-match winning streak.
Meanwhile, with his surprise default win against the Serb, Busta remains far from being one of the top choices to win the US Open, if betting odds were to be considered.
Odds: These 4 Will Most Likely Win the 2020 US Open Men Singles Title
Now that the big three are out, the race to the Grand Slam title is wide open. But outright odds at Bitcoin sports betting sites now see these four athletes to have the highest odds to win the US Open. Betting from the US? Check out the top 5 USA Bitcoin sportsbooks for 2020 US Open betting.
Odds to Win 2020 US Open Men Singles
The 24-year-old Russian tennis player may just be this year’s US Open champion in the Men Singles division. He is currently ranked fifth in the world but has not won any of the four Grand Slam titles. In 2019, he reached the US Open finals but lost to Nadal. This was his highest finish in 2019 as he peaked in the fourth round in Australian Open, first round in French Open, and third round in Wimbledon. Starting his campaign in 2020, he lost to Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round at Melbourne Park.
Betting odds now predict a Medvedev win at Flushing Meadows this year. In fact, Sportsbet.io lists the Russian pro at the top of the list of players to win the final round with 2.79 odds. Other cryptocurrency sportsbooks BetOnline.ag, FortuneJack, and Stake.com reaffirm this prediction. Stake.com, on the other hand, relegates Medvedev with 2.60 odds to reach the final round, only second to Alexander Zverev.
If experience is the only basis, then Dominic Thiem is the clear winner. The 27-year-old tennis ace from Austria has a competitive Grand Slam singles record. He was a runner-up on three occasions. First was in 2018 French Open, where he lost to Nadal, which was the same scenario in 2019. Then in 2020 Australian Open, he fell short of putting a stop to Djokovic’s winning streak. As for his US Open record, he finished his campaign in 2018 in the quarter-finals, and he skipped the following year. With Djokovic out, Thiem now has better chances of winning the 2020 US Open and register his first-ever Grand Slam title. He is world’s no 3 as of March 2020.
Despite his records, however, the 2020 US Open betting odds see him as just another runner-up. Across crypto sportsbooks, the Austrian player is behind Medvedev by more than 1.0 odds. The highest odds for Thiem is 4.25 on Sportsbet.io and FortuneJack. But when it comes to his reach the final, three sports betting sites place him only third to Zverev and Medvedev.
Germany should be proud of the decent Grand Slam record of the 23-year-old Alexander Zverev. The latest world rankings show that he sits at seventh place, behind Greece’s very own Stefan Tsitsipas by at least 2,000 points. While only peaking in the quarter-final rounds at the 2018 and 2019 French Open, Zverev finished his 2020 Australian Open campaign in the semis after losing to Thiem. This was a stark improvement compared to his fourth-round finish at 2017 Wimbledon.
Given his Grand Slam singles records, Zverev gets the nod of oddsmakers—enough to land him third on the list of Men Singles players to win the 2020 US Open. But what is more interesting is that his odds to win are not far from those of Thiem, who has far more experience and exposure to the stress and pressure of reaching the final round. But despite his odds to win, Stake.com, as well as BetOnline.ag and Sportsbet.io, give Zverev the highest odds to reach the 2020 US Open final round. At the time of writing, he has advanced to the quarterfinal round and will play against world’s no 32 Boran Ćorić of Croatia.
Of the four on the list, Denis Shapovalov is the youngest at 21. He is currently ranked 17th in the world, ahead of fellow Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic whose 2020 US Open campaign has already finished after losing in the second round. Shapovalov is not new in the Grand Slam tournaments. But compared to Medvedev, Thiem, and Zverev, he has not reached the quarterfinal round for any of the four. His highest finish was in the fourth round at the 2017 US Open. In the Australian Open this year, he ended his campaign in the first round after failing to beat world’s no. 66 Márton Fucsovics of Hungary.
His lack of experience in the latter rounds of any of the Grand Slam tourneys reflect his winning odds for 2020 US Open. In fact, Betonline.ag gives him 10.00 odds to win the tournament, highlighting a significant gap from the odds of Zverev and Thiem. Shapovalov also ranks fourth in terms of odds to reach the final round. However, at the time of writing, he successfully defended his chances of winning the title after winning the fourth round. He is now paired against Busta in the quarterfinal round. If he defeats the lower-ranked Spanish tennis player, then he will only further secure his chances of reaching the final round and winning the title. And whoever bets on him to win the 2020 US Open can expect a bigger payout in the end.
Meanwhile, in the Women Singles, Serena Williams cruised through the quarter-final round. However, it was recently revealed that Williams is not yet sure if she’d play at French Open in Paris later this month.
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