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US Open odds: 10 contenders for Grand Slam glory

The US Open is one of the highlights of the tennis year and the 2019 tournament promises to be as exciting as ever.

Ahead of this year's event, we take a look at the leading contenders in the US Open odds to win both the men's singles and women's singles titles.

When is the US Open tennis 2019?

The US Open is the final Grand Slam of the year taking place from August 26th to September 6th at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.

Men's singles: Five to watch

Novak Djokovic heads to New York as the defending men's champion after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets to claim his third US Open singles title.

He will be a popular choice as champion in the US Open predictions but faces plenty of competition if he is to defend his title. Here are our top five contenders to win the men's title.

Novak Djokovic

Appearances: 14

Grand Slam titles: 15

Last five years at US Open: W-DNP-F-W-SF

Djokovic returned to Flushing Meadows in 2018 after missing the previous year with an elbow injury, and reminded everyone of his dominance at this event.

The Serbian's success at Arthur Ashe Stadium over his career has been impressive, winning the tournament three times and finishing as a runner-up five times. The 2018 win propelled Djokovic into the top three of the world rankings for the first time since the 2017 French Open.

Djokovic overcame his elbow injury and capped off his remarkable 2018 season by winning the Shanghai Masters as well as runner-up finishes at the Paris Masters and ATP Finals and he claimed the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open in January.

Roger Federer

Appearances: 18

Grand Slam titles: 20

Last five years at US Open: R4-QF-DNP-F-SF

Federer is one of the most decorated players in US Open history, winning five consecutive titles over the span of 2004-2008. Early into the 2018 season, the Swiss legend became the first player to win 20 Grand Slam titles with a win at the Australian Open, and successfully defended a major title for the first time since his '08 US Open win.

Federer entered as the second seed in the US Open last season, but was upset by John Millman stating that extreme heat conditions and humidity took a toll on his body.

To open the 2019 season, Federer retained the Hopman Cup, alongside Belinda Bencic, becoming the first player to win the mixed-gender event three times. He later won his 100th career singles titles at the Dubai Tennis Championships, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the final to become only the second man since Jimmy Connors to reach the three-figure mark in the Open era.

Rafael Nadal

Appearances: 14

Grand Slam titles: 17

Last five years at US Open: SF-W-R4-R3-DNP

Nadal is a three-time US Open champion and entered Flushing Meadows as the top seed last season. He came through in a marathon match with Dominic Thiem during the quarter-finals which lasted 4 hours and 49 minutes. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, he faltered in the semi-finals against Juan Martin del Potro as he retired after losing in the second set 6-2 due to knee pain.

Nadal currently ranks second in the world, and began his 2019 season with a run to the final of the Australian Open where he did not drop a set until he came up against Djokovic in the final and was well beaten, winning just eight games.

Looking at the US Open odds, the Spaniard is well worth considering.

Juan Martin del Potro

Appearances: 10

Grand Slam titles: 1

Last five years at US Open: F-SF-QF-DNP-DNP

Del Potro is headed back to the place where he made his name and accomplished his biggest achievement 10 years ago. In 2009, the Argentinian defeated Nadal in the semi-final and Federer in the final to claim his first and so far only Grand Slam title.

Last season, Del Potro almost repeated his success from a decade ago. He climbed as the third seed and met Nadal in the semi-final for the second straight year, but this time Del Potro got the upper hand as the Spaniard retired with a knee injury. He reached his second career Grand Slam final, but would fall in straight sets to Djokovic.

Unfortunately for Del Potro, injuries have prevented him from building on his US Open success. Of the first four tournaments he planned on entering in 2019, Del Potro has withdrawn from three, while he only reached the quarter-finals at the Delray Beach Open.

Could be an outside chance in the US Open odds.

Dominic Thiem

Appearances: 5

Grand Slam titles: 0

Last five years at US Open: QF-R4-R4-R3-R4

Although he is known for his success on clay, Thiem has made the second week in 80% of his five appearances at Flushing Meadows. Thiem finally crossed the threshold of the US Open quarter-finals last season after defeating 2017 finalist Kevin Anderson in straight sets to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final on hard court.

The 25-year-old was then involved in a marathon match against defending champion Nadal. He eventually lost the the match at 2:04am local time after 4 hours and 49 minutes of play, but the loss was encouraging for the youngster who has reached just one major title in his career.

To begin the 2019 season, Thiem lost his first two tournaments but, made noise at the Indian Wells Masters. Thiem reached the final and defeated Roger Federer in three sets to claim his first ATP Masters 1000 title. Following the tournament, Thiem reached a career-best ranking of fourth in the world.

Women's singles: Five to watch

Naomi Osaka

Appearances: 3

Grand Slam titles: 2

Last five years at US Open: W-R3-R3-DNP-DNP

Osaka has taken the tennis world by storm over the last four years and has climbed the rankings to become the world number one in women's tennis.

Her huge 2018 season was spearheaded by her performance at the US Open. The 21-year-old's best run in the tournament had been to the third round, but she crossed that plateau and advanced to the final where she would battle her childhood idol Serena WIlliams.

Osaka defeated Williams for the second time in 2018 and claimed her first ever Grand Slam title, although it was overshadowed with controversy from an argument and game penalty on Williams. With the win, Osaka became the first Japanese woman to secure a Grand Slam singles title.

Entering the 2019 season, Osaka headed into the Australian Open with a chance to claim the world number one spot. Not only did she win the Open, but she became the first woman to win consecutive Grand Slam singles titles since Serena Williams in 2015.

Serena Williams

Appearances: 19

Grand Slam titles: 39 (23 singles)

Last five years at US Open: F-DNP-SF-SF-W

Williams's list of achievements in the game speaks for itself. She is the best of the best when it comes to women's tennis, although at the age of 37 her best days are surely now behind her.

As mentioned above, Williams lost in last year's US Open final to Osaka in her first appearance back at Flushing Meadows from maternity leave. Uncharacteristically, Williams was warned over illegal coaching, was penalized a point for breaking her racquet, and then was penalized another point for verbally abusing the chair umpire.

Nonetheless, Williams is almost a write in for the semi-finals of the US Open having won the tournament six times, including three times in a row from 2012-2014. Regardless of her age, she will feature in many US Open predictions if fully fit.

Sloane Stephens

Appearances: 7

Grand Slam titles: 1

Last five years at US Open: QF-W-DNP-R1-R2

Stephens won her lone Grand Slam title at the 2017 US Open and went into 2018 with hopes of defending it. Stephens made a good run, but came up short after losing in the quarter-finals to Anastasija Sevastova.

2018 still finished as a good year for Stephens as she was runner-up at the French Open and the WTP Finals before ending the year with her best year-end ranking to date at sixth in the world.

After losing three of her four matches to begin 2019, Stephens has dropped down to eighth in the rankings and she was knocked out in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Angelique Kerber

Appearances: 7

Grand Slam titles: 3

Last five years at US Open: R3- R1-W-R3-R3

The 2016 US Open champion had a huge 2018 season that propelled her back up to second place in the world rankings, headlined with her third Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

Kerber began her 2019 season off with a finals appearance in the Hopman Cup, then followed that up with a fourth-round loss in the Australian Open and another finals appearance in the Indian Wells Masters. Could offer good value in the US Open tennis odds.

Petra Kvitova

Appearances: 9

Grand Slam titles: 2

Last five years at US Open: R3-R4-R4-R4-R3

Kvitova has yet to accomplish the feat of winning the US Open but she has had solid success throughout her career at Arthur Ashe Stadium, reaching the last 16 in each of the last five years, so is one to look out for in the US Open betting odds.

Kvitova ranked second in the world following the 2018 season in which she won five WTA titles. She also began the 2019 season strong with an appearance in the final at both the Australian Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Stephen Rodriguez
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