Tennis’ US Open is a tournament for the outsiders
Going by recent history, the US Open is the competition where outsiders tend to have more of a chance of lifting a Grand Slam, which will give a number of stars in 2015 a boost to lift the famous trophy.
Since 2006, only the tournament at Flushing Meadows has had a champion that currently boasts just one major title, as Marin Cilic (in 2014) and Juan Martin del Potro (2009) have achieved the feat.
So, in that time-span only ‘big four’ stars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, as well as double Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, tasted success at Wimbledon and the Australian and French Opens, which is 30 in total.
The US Open is also a tournament which happens to be current dominant world number one Djokovic’s least favourite as he has lifted silverware there just once, and not since 2011. Whereas the Serb (even-money favourite with Coral) has three or more titles in the other three.
In fact, last year’s final in the States was between then Grand Slam-less pair Cilic and Kei Nishikori, suggesting that the draw is far more open for others to give it a go.
While Cilic (20/1 title shout) is unfancied to defend his crown this year, the likes of rising Japanese star Nishikori (14/1) and fellow prospects Grigor Dmitrov (28/1) and Milos Raonic (33/1) are certainly capable.
Nadal (2013) and Murray (2012) are the most recent ‘big four’ players to have won at Flushing Meadows, but the Spaniard (11/1) in particular looks as if his Grand Slam-winning days are over. Scotsman Murray (4/1), meanwhile, has seemingly stalled since his historic Wimbledon success in 2013.
All-time great Federer (7/1) has not triumphed here since his fifth in succession way back in 2008, so is another who perhaps should not be backed, despite his resurgence in the sport now aged 34.
Even going further back from the Federer dominated-era, the likes of US Open champions Pat Rafter (1997 and 1998), Marat Safin (2000), Lleyton Hewitt (2001) and Andy Roddick (2003) managed a maximum of two Grand Slams each throughout their careers.
So, back one of the newest big names in the sport to spoil the party State-side once more.
Betting tip – Nishikori reached the US Open final last year, upsetting the likes of Djokovic and Wawrinka along the way, and is a tempting 14/1 price to go all the way this time.