Tennis betting favourites Djokovic and Federer continue their march towards the final
In the end, the big serve of Kevin Anderson and some end of season fatigue ended Andy Murray’s chances of winning a second US Open title. Indeed, injury has been something of a feature of this year’s tournament with a number of players withdrawing with a range of ailments.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer look in good shape approaching the quarter finals while the Williams sisters meet for a place in the last four. Keep reading for our US Open quarter final preview.
Williams sisters meet for the 27th time in mouthwatering quarter final
Considering how they have dominated the women’s game for over a decade, it’s no surprise that Wednesday’s quarter final between Serena Williams and Venus Williams will be the 14th time they have met in a Grand Slam tournament and the 27th time overall.
The pair have a 2-2 record at the US Open but Serena won the most recent match between the pair – in the last 16 of this year’s Wimbledon. Both have enjoyed excellent wins on their way to the last eight – Venus’ win over the in-form Belinda Bencic was particularly eye-catching – and it would be a huge story if the elder sister could stop her younger sibling from winning a calendar Grand Slam.
Serena is the 3/25 favourite with Venus available at 25/4.
We will definitely have an unseeded player in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadow as upsets and withdrawals have resulted in Roberta Vinci and Katrina Mladenovic reaching the last eight. Both women are ranked in the 40s and Vinci benefited from the bizarre withdrawal of Eugenie Bouchard who pulled out of the tournament after injuring herself in a freak locker room incident.
Mladenovic has benefited from Maria Sharapova’s withdrawal in her part of the draw but the 22 year old has already beaten two seeds on her way to the quarters. The French player can win at 4/6.
Petra Kvitova ended Johanna Konta’s excellent run in round four and will face the experienced Flavia Pennetta next. The Italian has an excellent record at Flushing Meadow having reached this stage in six of her last seven visits and at 12/5 offers excellent value. In the final match second seed Simona Halep is 15/8 to beat two-time US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka.
Top two seeds continue to dominate
Three former US Open champions remain in the men’s draw and two of them look on course to meet in this year’s final. Novak Djokovic came through a testing and high quality four set encounter with Roberto Bautista Agut in round four and the tournament favourite meets Feliciano Lopez next.
Djokovic has won all five previous meetings against the Spaniard and it would be a major surprise if he doesn’t come through at 1/50.
Roger Federer became the first man in this year’s tournament to break the serve of John Isner in his fourth round win, eventually overcoming the big-serving American 7-6 7-6 7-5. The second seed has yet to drop a set in New York and plays the talented Frenchman Richard Gasquet next.
The 12th seed has enjoyed something of a revival this year, winning a couple of ATP titles and reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon. He’s only ever beaten Federer twice in his career – and both times on clay courts – and so the 34 year old should prevail at 1/10.
The third former champion in the draw is Marin Cilic who has outperformed many expectations considering his recent average form. It has been a relatively easy draw for the reigning champion so far and he was taken the full distance by Mikhail Kukushkin in round four.
Cilic plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga whose path to the last eight has been pretty straightforward. The Frenchman has yet to meet a seeded player but could well cause an upset against the ninth seed. Tsonga is 3/5 to win.
Andy Murray’s elimination means that Stan Wawrinka‘s quarter final opponent will be Kevin Anderson. Reaching the last eight represents the South African’s best ever performance at a Grand Slam and the 15th seed has beaten his Swiss opponent in their last four meetings, including three on hard courts. Anderson is great value at 23/20.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.