With the 2014 ATP US Open a little over a week away, here are some of the names you should consider adding to your card if you’re looking for maximum value. Novak Djokovic opens up as the favorite with odds of +135, but of course we’re looking for juicer lines that can give use a little more bang for our buck.
Roger Federer - I haven’t even bothered looking at odds for Roger Federer the last couple of years because he simply wasn’t the same great player we all knew and loved. However, Federer is easily playing his best tennis in years has been a tough out all season long. In fact, if Federer can reach the finals of the Cincinnati Masters, that would make four straight final appearances in his last four single events. Roger Federer has been on a role all season and isn’t showing the wear and tear that he did at times the past few years. Federer is making his shots, covering ground with ease and seems hungry to prove his critics wrong. Roger Federer certainly wants at least one more Grand Slam title and with odds of +550, I have no choice but to back him in hopes of him getting it at this year’s US Open.
John Isner - I always sprinkle a few dollars John Isner’s way during the US Open for two reasons. One is that he’s the main American who has any sort of shot of being successful and he always has insane odds to win the tournament. Right now, you can get John Isner at odds of +10000. Yeah, I’ll take that. Isner’s only quarterfinal appearance in a Grand Slam came in the 2011 US Open. Isner has the best serve of anybody on tour and he’s usually money in tiebreaks considering that’s where majority of his sets end up. There’s always great crowds at the US Open and you can bet they’ll be cheering for Isner like they have every year. If anything, these odds provide a hedging opportunity if Isner can make somewhat of a run. It’s certainly worth the risk.
Rafael Nadal - Rafael Nadal will decide sometime next week if he’s going to participate in the US Open, as he continues to nurse a wrist injury. Nadal hasn’t participated in a match since this year’s Wimbledon. Assuming Rafael Nadal does play to defend his US Open title, it’s impossible to turn down odds of +400. Usually those lines are too small for me when doing future bets, but this is Nadal we’re talking about, somebody who has won this tournament twice in the last four years. Some will bring up the wrist injury and say Nadal isn’t worth the risk but my glass is half full and I like all the wrist he’s getting. Banged up or not, you can’t turn down those odds with one of the best players in the world.
Milos Raonic - Milos Raonic is quickly growing up before our very eyes and starting to blossom into a major threat to some of the big names in tennis. While still only 23 years old, Raonic has used this year as his coming out party, reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open and semifinals of the Wimbledon. Milos Raonic also won the Citi Open and is having great success right now in the Cincinnati Masters. Raonic is a confident kid with a solid all around game, and he’s already picked up wins over Andy Murray, Tomáš Berdych and Richard Gasquet. Don’t sleep on Milos Raonic. I’m not, that’s why I’m giving him a hard look with odds of +2500.
Stanislas Wawrinka - Stanislas Wawrinka shocked the tennis world by winning the Australian Open, why not end the season with a win in the US Open? Wawrinka has improved his game each year and is building more and more confidence with each passing match. While he’s fizzled out a bit over the last several months, Wawrinka still has wins over all of the favorites in this tournament, including Novak Djokovic. Wawrinka is the ultimate shot maker, a crowd pleaser and is built to go long matches on short rest that usually dooms most tennis players. Wawrinka has reached at least the fourth round in the last two US Open’s, including a semifinal trip last season. You have to give Stan a shot with odds of +1400.