The fourth and final Grand Slam of the tennis season gets underway at Flushing Meadows on Monday, with the start of the 2013 US Open.
Andy Murray goes into the men’s tournament as defending champion after he won the tournament which was his first Grand Slam win. However, Rafael Nadal’s terrific season so far means he’s hotly tipped to win the tournament for a second time.
Meanwhile in the women’s tournament, Serena Williams will be the woman to beat as she goes in pursuit of her ninth title of the season.
After missing last year’s tournament due to a knee injury, tournament favourite Nadal will be spurred on even more to secure his 13th Grand Slam title in the final in a fortnight’s time.
The injury forced retirement from the Olympics and ultimately ruled him out for the remainder of the year but he’s performed exceedingly well during the clay season, his preferred surface, and his rivals are tipping him for success over the next couple of weeks.
But he’s proven equally adept on the hard surfaces this year and has not yet lost a match in the conditions since the beginning of 2013, taking the Masters titles at Indian Wells, Montreal and Cincinnati.
He begins his campaign against 21-year-old American Ryan Harrison in the first round on Monday night. The Texan has never progressed past the second round of the US Open and faces a tall order in even reaching there this year. You can watch that match live on Sky Sports 4, which is scheduled to start at 7:30pm.
In terms of tournament overall odds, Paddy Power provide the best odds on Nadal adding to his 2010 U.S. Open title at 2/1.
Defending champ Murray begins his pursuit of back-to-back Grand Slam titles on Tuesday afternoon at 3pm against world number 47 Michael Llorda.
A number of bookies, including Boylesports, are currently providing odds of 7/2 on Murray retaining his title.
The second favourite to win the event though is Wimbledon finalist Novak Djokovic, who is currently priced at 9/4 with a number of outlets including Bet Victor.
Longer odds are being offered on Roger Federer, who has won one Grand Slam title in the past three years. At one time, he totally dominated the U.S. Open, winning it five years in a row between 2004 and 2008. He is available at 16/1 with Stan James, as is Juan Martin del Potro.
Despite the disappointment of being knocked out of Wimbledon early, Serena Williams has continued her domination of the WTA Tour by winning the Swedish Open and Rogers Cup over the past month.
She is the favourite to defend the title she won last year when she beat Victoria Azarenka in the final, and is available at 4/5 with Paddy Power.
She may well face second seed Azarenka in the final again this year with the pair in opposite halves of the draw and the Belarusian is second favourite in the bookies’ lists to win her first U.S. Open. She is priced at 3/1 with a number of outlets, including Totesport.
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