Novak Djokovic, Not Top Seed Roger Federer, Favored to Win U.S. Open

Novak Djokovic, Not Top Seed Roger Federer, Favored to Win U.S. OpenAs the world's best players descend on Flushing Meadows next week, all eyes will be on Novak Djokovic on the men's side and Serena Williams in the women’s draw, as they
have earned top betting odds despite not being the top-ranked players in their
draws.

Bovada will have all the tennis action covered with U.S. Open betting
lines and props throughout the tournament.

The field has been set in
preparation for tennis' final slam of the season. Despite being top seed, Roger
Federer
is second on Bovada’s futures to win the U.S. Open. With 5/2 odds, he's
behind Djokovic and his 3/2 odds. The Swiss superstar has played a lot of
tennis recently, having just won at Wimbledon and capturing silver in the
Olympics. He’ll be gunning for a record sixth U.S. Open victory.

Djokovic, who recently
lost the World No. 1 status to Federer, is the defending U.S. Open champion. In
2011, he won three of four grand slam events — failing in only the French — and
he won the Australian Open this year. That also makes Djokovic the winner of
the last three slam tournaments played on hard courts.

With Rafael Nadal still
recovering from a knee injury, Andy Murray becomes the next big threat. With
4/1 odds and a No. 3 seed, it's not unlikely that the gold medalist will have
to go through both Djokovic and Federer to win the U.S. Open.

On the women's side, No.
1-ranked Victoria Azarenka enters with 5/1 odds of winning, but is second
behind Williams on Bovada's futures in a very competitive women's draw.
Williams is the 1/1 favorite and is actually unseeded, as the Wimbledon
champion and gold medal winner, Williams and her massive serve are a huge
threat to the field. A 19-match winning streak of hers was ended last week in
Cincinnati. She'll look to start a new one in Flushing Meadows.

Serena Williams' main
competition will come from Azarenka, Maria Sharapova at 6/1, Petra Kvitova at
10/1, and Samantha Stosur, Kim Clijsters and Agnieszka Radwanska, all at 16/1.

Many believe we're in a
golden age for tennis, as seemingly every major tournament has had at least one
match for the ages.