US Open 2016 betting tips: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and more
Can Andy Murray win his third successive major tournament after Wimbledon and Olympics glory?
Novak Djokovic will begin the defence of his US Open crown later this month when the tennis world switches its focus to Flushing Meadows.
Over the past week or so, the world’s best tennis players have been competing at the Olympic Games but there are now just 14 days until the start of the US Open.
Djokovic has already pulled out of Cincinnati Masters due to a wrist injury after the world number one lost to Juan Martin Del Potro in the first round in Brazil.
Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is the second favourite at 9/4 to win the US Open title behind Djokovic as the British top seed looks to win in New York for the second time in his career.
The Scot has reached three finals at Flushing Meadows and lost twice to Roger Federer before finally beating Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam in 2013.
Murray won his second Wimbledon title earlier this summer after a straight sets victory over Milos Raonic ended his two-year wait to life a Major again.
The 29-year-old is in good form having beaten Del Potro in four sets to become the first man to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the men’s singles competition.
His Argentinian opponent Del Potro will also be one of the favourites to win the year’s final Grand Slam given his recent form and return from injury.
The 27-year-old managed to beat world number one Djokovic in the opening round before he denied eight-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal a shot at the gold medal.
Furthermore, Del Potro’s only Grand Slam title to date came at Flushing Meadows in 2009 when the South American beat Roger Federer in straight sets.
Canadian number one Raonic will be another contender for the US Open crown given his impressive performances over the past couple of months.
The 25-year-old reached the Wimbledon final before losing in straight sets to Murray but should prove a threat on the US Open hard courts.
Djokovic, though, will remain a threat if fit for the year’s final Grand Slam given his record at the tournament over the past number of years.
The 29-year-old won the US Open title in 2011 and 2015 beating two of tennis’s greatest-ever players Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
The Serbian has also lost four finals at Flushing Meadows to Federer twice, Nadal and Murray.