Mon, Sep 3, 11:08am by Staff Writer
The weekend’s action at the US Open was not a fruitful one for the majority of the Australian players left in the draw.
Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios in three sets on Sunday morning. The veteran produced one of the shots of the tournament when he rounded the net to hit a winner, to Kyrgios’ amazement. The Swiss maestro is $4.50 to win the US Open.
Rafael Nadal endured a four-hour, four set marathon against Karen Khachanov before prevailing and defeating Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in four sets on Monday morning. Rafa is the $2.88 favourite to win the US Open at Sportsbet.
Brisbane’s Alex De Minaur led two sets to love against Marin Cilic, but lost in five sets, in what would have been a career-best win for the youngster.
Cilic is $21 to win the US Open.
Novak Djokovic has a round of 16 match against Portugal’s Joao Sousa which he should win easily and is a $3 shot to win the US Open.
John Isner defeated Milos Raonic in a match featuring two serve-oriented players. Surprisingly, there were no tiebreaks played in that match as Isner won in five sets. He is $21 to win his first Grand Slam.
Austrian Dominic Thiem upset 2017 US Open finalist Kevin Anderson and progressed to the quarterfinals where he has a match against Rafael Nadal.
Thiem is not renowned for his hard court game, but a straight sets win against Anderson shows that he is taking a liking to the surface. He is $26 to win the US Open.
Australia’s John Millman has had a good draw thus far in the tournament, defeating Kazakh Mikael Kukushkin in the third round.
Millman is gunning for his best ever finish at a Grand Slam and has a fourth round match against Roger Federer. Millman is a $201 outsider to win the US Open.
In the women’s draw, it is Serena Williams who is the outright favourite at $2.75.
Williams dispatched of her older sister Venus in straight sets on Saturday and defeated Estonian Kaia Kanepi on Monday morning to move into the second week.
High seeds Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova were both bundled out in the opening week.
2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens has moved into second favourite in the market at $5.50 after an impressive opening week of the tournament.
The lady she defeated in that final, Madison Keys is an $8.50 shot of winning her first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows.
Australia’s Ash Barty was ousted by Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova on Monday morning, who is $10 to win the event.
Aryna Sabalenka was a $34 shot of winning the US Open when it began and has shortened to $12. She defeated Petra Kvitova in straight sets and has a round of 16 match against the impressive Naomi Osaka.
Osaka handed out a double-bagel in New York last round, defeating Allaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 6-0.
Osaka has won her past 22 games and will be a tough match up for the Belarusian. Osaka is $13 to win the US Open.
US Open Sportsbet Markets
Rafael Nadal $2.88
Novak Djokovic $3
Roger Federer $4.50
Juan Martin Del Potro $11
John Isner $21
Marin Cilic $21
Dominic Thiem $26
Serena Williams $2.75
Sloane Stephens $5.50
Madison Keys $8.50
Karolina Pliskova $10
Aryna Sabalenka $12
Maria Sharapova $13
Naomi Osaka $13
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