By Joe Short | | 4 mins
Daniil Medvedev US Open Odds Still Hold Value for Bettors
The U.S. Open is almost upon us and Daniil Medvedev is certainly courting a lot of attention after his Western and Southern Open (Cincinnati Masters) triumph.
After all, Medvedev’s best Grand Slam finish was a fourth-round exit in the 2019 Australian Open at the hands of Novak Djokovic.
But there is a growing belief Medvedev could shake up the Big Three in men’s tennis and rival Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for Grand Slam honors in the years to come.
And his first real chance to justify that belief comes at Flushing Meadows, where tennis betting fans have already backed the 23-year-old into the fourth favorite for the title.
Medvedev Odds Slashed
Medvedev’s price to win the U.S. Open has plummeted since his triumph over David Goffin in the Cincinnati final. 888Sport had the American at +8000 to win the U.S. Open just 10 days ago. That price has now collapsed to +1600, with other bookmakers offering a price as low as +1200.
That dramatic odds shift shows how wary the bookmakers are to a potential usurper of the Big Three – and bookies are still likely to stay with the icons of men’s tennis for now.
Why You Should Consider Medvedev
Where Medvedev is drawn in the U.S. Open will be vital for his progress. The Russian will be seeded fifth at Flushing Meadows, meaning he should avoid the top four seeds until the quarterfinals. This is important for a player wanting to go far in any Slam.
Indeed, Medvedev’s price will only fall the further he goes in New York. Djokovic is certainly his biggest threat but Medvedev has proven capable of beating the World No 1, so there’s no reason why he cannot do so again.
Djokovic Still Favorite
After all, Djokovic was the man who beat Medvedev in the Australian Open and is eyeing a third Grand Slam of 2019. The Serb may have lost 3-6 6-3 6-3 to Medvedev in the Cincinnati Masters semifinals, but his odds on winning the U.S. Open were barely affected.
Djokovic is +100 to win the U.S. Open, making him a sure favorite to claim his 17th Grand Slam singles crown.
Federer - the veteran with 20 Slams to his name - has slumped to +600 for the U.S. Open — possibly because of Medvedev’s sudden shift.
As for Nadal, the Spaniard beat Medvedev in the Rogers Cup (Canadian Open) final earlier this month and has not played since. His preparations for the last Grand Slam of the year are now in place and, in what is becoming almost a rarity for Nadal, his knees seem to be holding up in the latter stages of the season. Nadal is +400 to win.
Because many tennis betting fans are likely to stay loyal to the Big Three, it’s the perfect time to exploit the odds and side with Medvedev.
About the Author
Joe Short, a contributor to Bookies.com, is a freelance journalist and former editor at the Daily Express, covering various sports, including soccer, darts and tennis.