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US Open Men's Odds: Best Bets & 2 Longshots You Should Back

US Open Men's Odds: Best Bets & 2 Longshots You Should Back

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Can anyone keep the Joker from running roughshod in New York? That could be the end result in the men’s draw of the U.S. Open, where three-time champion Novak Djokovic (+100) is the heavy odds favorite.

There are good reasons why. Djokovic is one of just three Grand Slam winners in the field — another being Andy Murray, who prior to this week had sunk to No. 134 in the world after undergoing hip surgery last year. Defending champ and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal is skipping the U.S. Open due to the coronavirus. And five-time champ Roger Federer is out for the year after having knee surgery.

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Meanwhile, world No. 1 Djokovic enters at 18-0 in matches and 3-0 in tournaments this year. But he hasn’t played since February, and his odds simply don’t offer much value. So tennis betting fans, grab a falafel sandwich and SingleCut IPA, and check out these best bets and long shots who could knock off the Joker and bring far more value to bettors at the same time.

2020 US Open Men’s Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic +100
Daniil Medvedev+600
Stefanos Tsitsipas+700
Dominic Thiem+800
Alexander Zverev+1700
Andy Murray+3000
Milos Raonic+3300
Andrey Rublev +4000

Tennis odds current as of publication and via DraftKings.

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US Open Men’s Best Bets

Dominic Thiem (+800)

While other contenders sport shorter odds, we like world No. 3 Thiem as the top candidate to unseat Djokovic. The baselining Austrian pushed Joker to five sets in an Australian Open final loss in January, snapping a two-match winning streak against the world No. 1. He has yet to break through in the Grand Slams, but Thiem has been knocking hard enough that the door should eventually open.

Daniil Medvedev (+600)

Oddsmakers likely prefer Medvedev because he lost a five-setter to Nadal in last year’s U.S. Open final. He’s won two of his last three against Djokovic, both in three-set matches, and enjoyed a strong run in the Cincinnati tournament (relocated to the National Tennis Center to allow players to quarantine) in the week before the U.S. Open. Medvedev sports a well-rounded game, although he sometimes lets his temper get in the way.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (+700)

It’s easy to love Tsitsipas — the hair, the fun-loving demeanor, his ability to cover so much of the court despite being a baseliner with a big serve. The 21-year-old Greek can rise to the occasion, as he showed in beating Federer, Djokovic and Thiem over the final three weeks of the 2019 season — but he can also completely disappear against lower-rung competition. He gets the right draw and stays focused, watch out.

US Open Men’s 2020 Top Longshots

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Milos Raonic (+3300)

The 6-foot-5 Canadian has had some memorable wins in hardcourt slams, beating world No. 7 Alexander Zverev in the 2019 Australian Open and Tsitsipas in Melbourne this year. He’s also No. 1 on the ATP Tour over the last 52 weeks in service games won, an attribute that will benefit anyone at Flushing Meadows. He’s 0-10 against Djokovic, but their last three matches have been competitive, including a quarterfinal in Australia in January.

Andrey Rublev (+4000)

A 22-year-old Russian with one of the best running forehands in the game, Rublev is an outstanding hard court player who ranks behind only Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Medvedev in hard court match victories over the last 52 weeks. His 41-14 mark over the last year includes a 15-3 record in 2020. He has beaten six top-20 players since the start of the 2019 campaign — Theim, Tsitsipas and Federer among them.