Our tennis betting expert Derek Bilton picks apart the pieces of the US Open, and offers some tips you might want to get onto early.
In the end our 13/1 headline US Open pick Daniil Medvedev couldn’t quite get over the line against Rafael Nadal, but it was still an unforgettable tournament for him and a tidy tournament for our followers with Bianca Andreescu obliging in the women’s event at a meaty 14/1.
Medvedev enjoyed a rollercoaster couple of weeks, putting some unsavoury behaviour in the early rounds behind him to ultimately emerge as a hero after his battling effort against the Spaniard. Medvedev is quite the enigma, given that he barely looks like an athlete at times as he shuffles around the court and nervously ruffles a hand through his fringe.
However, inside that lanky frame is a real talent and a player with the heart of a lion. It would take a brave soul to bet against him winning a Grand Slam in the future and he is a 14/1 shot to win next year’s US Open with bet365.
And what of Nadal? His victory – number 19 of a quite stunning career that is certainly not winding down just yet – moves him within one of Swiss rival Roger Federer’s all-time leading tally of men’s Grand Slam victories.
Paddy Power have him at 3/1 to win the 2020 Australian Open, while bet365 go 4/1 that he defends his US Open title in New York next year.
The bookies were also keen to react to Andreescu’s win over Serena Williams on Saturday night and her odds for the 2020 Australian Open have been clipped to 7/1 with bet365.
As for Serena, the layers still feel she is the most likely victor in Melbourne (she is no bigger than 5/1 for the title) despite the fact she is now 37 and that a growing group of players now believe they have what it takes to beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion.
And, right now, Andreescu is certainly at the head of that group. The first thing you’ll notice about her is how hard she hits the ball. She played like a fireball for two weeks in NYC and it was impressive how she finally closed the show against Serena after that second set wobble from 5-1 up.
There was a rather telling moment during a round of press photo opportunities after the final when Andreescu stood next to her beaming coach Sylvain Bruneau.
Bruneau was holding the trophy the wrong way and said rather awkwardly “I’m not used to this”. Andreescu simply deadpanned “get used to it”.
It’s this steely confidence, allied to her brutal hitting that convinces us she could dominate the game for years to come if she stays healthy and we couldn’t put anyone off taking the 7/1 right now about her winning Down Under in January.
Bilko’s Banker: Bianca Andreescu to win the 2020 Australian Open at 7/1 (bet365)
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