Mon, Sep 10, 11:18am by Staff Writer
The 2018 US Open came to an end on Monday morning, with Novak Djokovic winning his second consecutive Grand Slam after a straight sets win against Juan Martin Del Potro.
It is the third time Djokovic has taken out the event at Flushing Meadows and he has been the best player in the men’s draw at this year’s tournament and is a deserved winner.
Djokovic was impacted by injury late last season and early this season, but has bounced back to claim Wimbledon and US Open crowns during the past three months.
He is the $2.37 favourite at Sportsbet to win the next tennis Grand Slam in January 2019 at Melbourne’s Australian Open.
Djokovic was ruthless in the latter stages of the US Open, not dropping a set since the second round and easily defeating Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals and Juan Martin Del Potro in the final.
It was Del Potro’s first Grand Slam finals appearance since his 2009 triumph in New York.
He defeated Fernando Verdasco, John Isner and Rafael Nadal on his way to the final.
The big serving Argentinian has been plagued by injuries his entire career, but is still one of the most impressive talents on tour today.
He is $15 to win the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal succumbed to injury in the semi-finals after a number of long, gruelling matches in New York. He was the pre-tournament favourite to win back-to-back US Open titles. He is $5 to win the Australian Open.
Roger Federer looked out of sorts for the majority of his time in New York, bowing out to unseeded Australian John Millman. Federer’s ground strokes and serve were both poor, as he hinted that he struggled with the humidity at the event this year. He is $4 to win the Australian Open.
Other big names failed to produce quality tennis in the final Grand Slam of the year, with German Alexander Zverev once again coming up short in best-of-five set tennis, bowing out in the third round.
Brit Andy Murray is still working his way back from a hip injury, but will be encouraged by a better than expected North American summer. Both he and Zverev are $13 to win the Australian Open.
The 2018 US Open women’s final was shrouded in controversy, as Japan’s Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam title.
All of the headlines after the match were about former world number one Serena Williams’ outburst at chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
The Portuguese official gave Williams a code violation for coaching, racquet abuse and then stripped a game off Williams in the second set via default.
This caused chaotic scenes on Arthur Ashe Stadium and has overshadowed Osaka’s win, the first Japanese player to ever win a Grand Slam.
Osaka dropped just a single set in the tournament and was impeccable on serve in the semi-final and final, not dropping serve once.
It is the second successive Grand Slam final loss for Williams, who also came up short at Wimbledon against Angelique Kerber.
Williams is the $5 favourite to win the 2019 Australian Open, with 2018 winner Caroline Wozniacki an $8 shot.
Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, both Grand Slam champions in 2018 are each paying $9.
It was a poor US Open for Halep, who had some impressive results in lead-up tournament. She was bundled out in the opening round by Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, marking the first time the number one seed has bowed out in the first round of the US Open.
Men’s Australian Open Winner
Novak Djokovic $2.37
Roger Federer $4
Rafael Nadal $5
Andy Murray $13
Alexander Zverev $13
Juan Martin Del Potro $15
Grigor Dimitrov $15
Marin Cilic $15
Women’s Australian Open Winner
Serena Williams $5
Carolina Wozniacki $8
Angelique Kerber $9
Simona Halep $9
Garbine Muguruza $11
Karolina Pliskova $11
Elina Svitolina $13
Madison Keys $14
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