Favorites and sleepers of the 2019 US Open – Men’s Singles
It’s a special tournament, not only because of the huge stakes, but also because of its renowned, vibrant atmosphere resembling that of a festival.
Just a month after the elegance of Wimbledon, tennis fans will be treated to the competitiveness of another Grand Slam event, the 2019 US Open. Nitrogen Sports Blog discusses the top favorites and sleepers for the 2019 men’s singles tournament at Flushing Meadows.
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York City
When: August 26-September 8, 2019
Where to watch 2019 US Open: ESPN
US Open Men’s Singles favorites
Novak Djokovic (+120)
Yes, the Serb starts the tournament on top of the list of 2019 US Open men’s singles favorites. If this sounds a bit extreme given the fact that he will be challenged by the likes of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the stats do seem to support the claim.
Djokovic leads the world rankings by a wide margin, he’s won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2019 and he is the defending US Open champion.
Sure, Djokovic started the year with the objective of achieving a historic calendar-year Grand Slam. He barely missed out on the Roland Garros, with his usually impeccable, aggressive baseline play just falling short of the mark.
But, winning 3 out of 4 tournaments, especially given the highly competitive nature of the tennis circuit today, would be a terrific performance nonetheless.
Rafael Nadal (+400)
You can say that the No. 2 spot on the rankings of 2019 men’s singles favorites is a toss-up between Nadal and Swiss legend Roger Federer. Both veteran players have remained highly prolific and are regular challengers for the top spots in big tournaments.
Nadal was our pick mainly as a consequence of winning three US Open tournaments, the most recent one in 2017, and triumphing in 2019’s French Open, in spite of nagging medical issues.
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In truth, his fast paced style of play that favors strong, topspin groundstrokes and his ability to race across the court, has rarely looked as convincing as it does in 2019. Should Nadal be safe from fitness worries, the Spaniard could really give Djokovic a challenge.
US Open Men’s Singles sleepers
Alexander Zverev (+1100)
Zverev has never gone past the third round of the US Open, and was recently upset in the first round of the 2019 Wimbledon. But at a price of +1100 to win at Flushing Meadows, Zverev carries tremendous value as among the 2019 US Open men’s singles sleepers.
The German reached the fourth round of the 2019 Australian Open earlier this year, then followed it up with a quarterfinals appearance at Roland Garros.
Juan Martin Del Potro (+1200)
Joining Zverev in the group of 2019 US Open men’s singles sleepers is Del Potro, who has only a single Grand Slam title — which is from his victory at the 2009 US Open. Since then, injuries have plagued his career, with Del Potro unable to deliver on his early promise.
In spite of this, the Argentine is one of the most technically gifted players in the ATP circuit. Should he meet any of the favorites in the final stages of the tournament, Del Potro should be capable to use his powerful serves and deep groundstrokes to great effect.
Marin Cilic (+2100)
Similarly to Del Potro, Cilic has only won a single Grand Slam tournament throughout his career. His victory also came at the US Open, in the 2014 edition.
Since then he has built a reputation not only as a terrific player on clay courts, but also as a very competent one on hard courts. It is these type of surfaces that have proven ideal in showcasing the Croatian’s considerable skill.
And, it’s this level of skill that makes Cilic, like Del Potro, one of the few players that could truly contest the likes of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.
Known to be a tad less cool headed under pressure then his rivals, Cilic is still one of the players to watch carefully for this year’s US Open.
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