Mon, Jul 16, 11:32am by Staff Writer
Former world number one Novak Djokovic’s comeback from injury is complete after the Serbian crushed South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in straight sets to win Wimbledon for the fourth time on Sunday night.
Djokovic returns to the world’s top 10 and is the $4 favourite to win October’s US Open Grand Slam championship.
The 6-2 6-2 7-6 victory for Djokovic was never in doubt, as he broke his big-serving South African opponent with ease in the opening two sets.
Anderson was coming off a career best five set win against Roger Federer and a grueling six and a half hour semi final against American John Isner.
He looked rattled in the early stages, being broken in the first game of the match and never recovering.
Djokovic himself was entangled in an epic match with Rafael Nadal in the semi finals, winning 9-7 in the final set.
Nadal is $5 to win the US Open after taking out the crown last season and prefers the American hardcourts to the British grass, which he only had a matter of days to become accustomed to given his incredible clay court season.
Roger Federer will be looking to add another US Open title to his resume in October and is a $4.50 favourite to do so.
Federer was bitterly disappointed with squandering a two sets to love lead against Anderson in the Wimbledon quarterfinals after looking unstoppable in the first week of the tournament.
One of the pre-tournament favourites to take out Wimbledon and world number three, Marin Cilic was eliminated in the second round. He is $19 to win the US Open, after winning the event in 2014.
Young gun Alexander Zverev is yet to prove himself at Grand Slam level and is priced far too short at $10 to win the US Open.
Andy Murray will be targeted the event as one of his comeback tournaments, but after more than a year out of tennis, pricing him at $10 is also optimistic from Oddsmakers.
In the women’s event, Angelique Kerber won her maiden Wimbledon title with a 6-3 6-3 win against Serena Williams on Saturday night.
Kerber’s defensive skills have been a trademark of her game and were on display once again in the final, as she stifled the big hitting Williams.
Serena was returning from the birth of her first child and playing in only her second Grand Slam event in the past two seasons.
After being gifted a favourable draw, where she faced no players ranked inside the world’s top 50 until the semi finals, she breezed through the opening rounds.
She is $4.50 to win the US Open in New York in October, which would be her 7th win at Flushing Meadows.
Kerber has defeated Williams twice now in Grand Slam finals and is $9 to win the US Open.
World number two Caroline Wozniacki was defeated by Ekaterina Makarova in the second round and is $13 to win an event where she was a finalist in 2009 and 2014.
Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina all can’t be split, priced at $13 in an open field for the final Grand Slam of the season.
Men’s US Open Odds
Novak Djokovic $4
Roger Federer $4.50
Rafael Nadal $5
Andy Murray $10
Alexander Zverev $10
Juan Martin del Potro $13
Marin Cilic $19
Women’s US Open Odds
Serena Williams $4.50
Angelique Kerber $9
Caroline Wozniacki $13
Simona Halep $13
Karolina Pliskova $13
Garbine Muguruza $13
Elina Svitolina $13
*Odds provided by Sportsbet
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