With the US Open just around the corner it’s time to assess whether tennis’ hottest property can complete his quest to get 3 grand slam titles in 2015. Novak Djokovic has already won the Australian Open and Wimbledon but his quest for a calender Grand Slam came to an end when the Serbian lost to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open. It will be his first win in New York since 2011 if he manages to clinch the title.
Djokovic will take some beating. The world number one has been playing some outstanding tennis this season and it showed when he spectacularly beat the world number two, Roger Federer, in the Wimbledon final. It must not be forgotten that Federer has won the US Open 5 times though, so he could exact revenge at some stage during the competition.
The reigning champion, Marin Cilic, shocked the world last year by claiming the title, and beat Kei Nishikori and Federer along the way. Unfortunately he has had an injury plagued year and although he showed some form at Wimbledon by reaching the quarter finals, he doesn’t look set to mount a serious title defence. The odds on him winning reflect this and at the time of writing betfair have priced him at 25/1 to reclaim the title.
If current form is anything to gon on, one of the favourites will win and there won’t be such an upset this year. So it’s probably going to be between Djokovic, Federer and Andy Murray. Wawrinka is also up there among the main contenders as the reigning French Open champion. Rafael Nadal is a slight outsider after his recent run of injuries.
It would probably be a safe bet to say that Djokovic will go on to claim the title in the last major event of the season, but that’s not to say that Murray doesn’t have a very good chance. The Scotsman has been playing some excellent tennis this year, so it would be a real shame if he ended the season without a major title to his name. Murray won his first major open in New York in 2012 and he seems to thrive on the conditions there. It took an outstanding performance from Federer to knock him out of Wimbledon so whoever faces him at the US Open will have a tough task to beat him.
It’s not long to go now until this epic conclusion to the summer’s tennis gets underway, and it’s already looking like it’s going to be a very thrilling contest indeed.