|Date & Time||Monday August 10, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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The 2015 ATP US Open will take place at the end of August in New York City at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. That gives us some time to look at future odds and some of the dark horses who can win the tournament.
Here’s some players you should consider putting on your card.
Marin Cilic - We’re really getting the US Open defending champ with odds of +3000? Yes, please. Marin Cilic has quickly become one of the best players in the world and has reached at least the quarterfinals in three of his last four grand slam appearances. Cilic has always had an elite service game, but he’s really become a complete player over the last year or so and has been able to go toe-to-toe with anyone. After all, Cilic has two wins over Stanislas Wawrinka, one win over Rafael Nadal and two wins over Andy Murray. Cilic has proven he can do it, especially on this course. I’ll bite with these odds.
Rafael Nadal - It’s been a tough season for Rafael Nadal, especially after his second round exit in the Wimbledon. However, it looks like Nadal may be starting to find his form a bit with victories at the Stuttgart Open and German Open. It’s no secret that Nadal can still beat anybody in the world when he’s on top of his game. Well, lately, Nadal is starting to find his stride. Overall, Nadal has at least reached the final in his last three US Open appearances, which includes victories on this course in 2010 and 2013. It’s hard to ignore odds with Nadal when they’re as high as +1600.
John Isner - I always like to include a dark horse who is from the host of a major. The American John Isner fits the bill here. People often ask if Isner is complete enough of a player to win a major, as he relies heavily on his service game and often finds himself going five, long dragged out matches. Yes, it’s going to be tough for Isner until he can learn to break his opponent. However, Isner’s only grand slam quarterfinal appearance came at the US Open, and he’s reached at least the third round every year since 2009. Isner also gets a ton of support from the New York crowd and he clearly feeds off of it. Long shot, yes, but I’ll throw a few bucks on odds of +10000.
Stanislas Wawrinka - You guys should know by now that I’m a huge fan of Stanislas Wawrinka and bet him any chance I can when he’s a big underdog. (Thanks for the French Open money) Anyway, you can get Wawrinka with odds of +1300 to win this year’s US Open. Why not? Wawrinka has made at least the quarterfinals in three of his last five US Open appearances and is winning 72.2 percent of his matches at this event in his career. Wawrinka has been a different player in majors the past couple of years and has six wins over top-10 opponents this season alone. Wawrinka always gives you a bang for your buck and won’t go down quietly.
Novak Djokovic - Let’s be honest: Anytime you get Novak Djokovic with plus money to win a grand slam, you take it. Djokovic has at least reached the final in five of his last six grand slam appearances. Forget the fact Djokovic has won two of the three grand slams this season. Take the +110 odds while you still can.