Men’s US Open | Betting preview
The two form players of the year will contest the final Grand Slam of the season as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal go toe-to-toe in the US Open final.
With Nadal and his dodgy knees leading 21-15 in overall meetings between the pair Paddy’s made him odds on at 4/6 with Paddy Power ahead of tonight’s New York showpiece (10.05pm).
Nadal used to be as hard to identify in a hard-court final as Prince Andrew in the gardens at Buckingham Place. But the Spaniard’s form on his ‘weaker’ surface this season has been awesome. From 22 games, he’s won 22 times and punters have latched on.
Twice as much cash poured in on ‘El Nino’ pre-tournament as ‘Nole’ despite the US Open being played on a surface that he has always complained about, because of the damage it does to his dodgy knees.
This is the third time in four years the pair have faced off at Flushing Meadows and it’s honours even at one win each and Djokovic has attracted about 55 per cent of the stakes so far today as Paddy’s gone best price at 13/10.
A Paddy Power trader said:
We’re looking to lay Djokovic on the back of the relative form of the two players over the course of this Grand Slam and the previous two tournaments where Nadal has been exceptional.
Nadal leads Djokovic 21-15 in their head-to-head smash ups but the pair are tied at 8-8 in the number of finals they’ve contested.
The Serb edges the win ratio in Grand Slam Finals 3-2 however, and has a better hard-court record against Nadal, winning 11 of their 17 clashes.
Djokovic is 5/1 to win tonight’s encounter 3-2 with Nadal 4/1 to win by a single set in a tournament where Paddy is giving money back if the last set goes to a tie-break.
Spain’s Raging Bull is looking for his first US Open title since 2010 – which was last time he won a Grand Slam outside of Roland Garros. Djokovic won his third Australian Open on the bounce earlier in the season and was beaten by Andy Murray in last year’s final here.