Medvedev is the favorite in the OKBet sports betting odds. Daniil Medvedev is the new betting favorite for the OKBet Sports Betting after Novak Djokovic conceded defeat in his bid to compete in the year’s final grand slam.
The three-time world champion had hoped that the US would change its long-standing policy and allow non-citizens without a coronavirus vaccine to enter the country.
However, that never happened, so the Serb will be unable to compete in New York, with defending champion Medvedev now leading the OKBet Sports betting at 5/2.
The draw was made on Thursday, ahead of the tournament’s start on Monday, so let’s take a look at the main contenders for glory at Flushing Meadows.
5/2 odds for the OKBet Sports Betting
The defending champion was denied the opportunity to win a second grand slam title this summer when Russian and Belarusian players were barred from competing at Wimbledon due to the conflict in Ukraine.
Medvedev began the year in a disappointing manner, losing the Australian Open final for the second consecutive season after leading Rafael Nadal by two sets.
After losing in the finals of two grass-court tournaments, the world number one won his first title of the year in Los Cabos at the beginning of the month, which he followed with a three-set loss to Nick Kyrgios in Canada.
However, the Russian advanced to the semi-finals in Cincinnati last week, where he was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas, indicating that he has prepared well for his title defense.
Chances: The man to beat in Djokovic’s absence.
OKBet Sports Betting odds are 4/1.
Despite a long-standing foot condition, he won the French Open for the 14th time for a record-extending 22nd grand slam victory, though Djokovic has since reduced the gap to one by winning Wimbledon.
Nadal, who is making his first appearance at the OKBet Sports Betting since 2019, began the year with an incredible comeback win in the Australian Open final and has only lost four of his 39 matches in 2022, but injuries have hampered his season as usual.
The 36-year-old Spaniard was forced to withdraw from his Wimbledon semi-final against Kyrgios due to an abdominal tear sustained against Taylor Fritz, and he was knocked out of the Western & Southern Open first round by the returning Borna Coric.
“I am optimistic,” Nadal said. I was able to have a week of practice here, giving it my all every day and practicing much better than the way I played.”
Chances: The four-time champion is now the second seed, and there’s no reason he can’t challenge again if he stays healthy.
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The Spanish teenager is one of the world’s hottest players, having won four titles this year, one of which came on the hard courts of Miami in March, and another a few months later in Madrid, where he defeated Nadal, Djokovic, and Alexander Zverev to win his second Masters 1000 tournament.
Last year, Alcaraz reached his first grand slam quarter-final, but a leg muscle injury forced him to retire from a set down against Felix Auger-Aliassime.
His preparations have not been easy, with a first-round loss to Tommy Paul in Montreal followed by a three-set quarter-final loss to British number one Cameron Norrie in Cincinnati.
Chances: He hits the ball hard and accurately down both flanks, and with Djokovic out of the picture, he has a chance to go far.
OKBet Sports Betting odds are 8/1.
Kyrgios is in the best shape of his career, having won his seventh career title in Washington and fighting back to beat Medvedev a week later in Montreal, though he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.
The temperamental Australian’s run to the last eight catapulted him into the top 30, but he was booed by some fans who were unimpressed by the effort he put into the match in Cincinnati.
Kyrgios had won 16 of his previous 18 matches, so he might benefit from a break, especially since he has never advanced beyond the third round in eight appearances in New York.
Chances: Faces good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis in round one and appears to be focused, so he should put on a strong performance at the year’s final grand slam.
12/1 odds for the OKBet Sports Betting
Tsitsipas was denied his first hard-court Masters 1000 title last week in Cincinnati when he lost in the final to Coric.
The Greek defeated world number one Medvedev in the semi-finals, so his confidence will be much higher than it was when he lost to Britain’s Jack Draper in Montreal, his first top-10 success.
The world number five has never advanced past the third round in four main draw appearances and has only won one title on hard courts, in Marseille two years ago.
Chances: He has talent, but better players appear to have him beat.
Best among the rest
Jannik Sinner won his first title of the season in Umag at the end of July, coming back from a first-set tie-break loss to Alcaraz to win the next two sets 6-1 6-1.
This year, the hard-hitting Italian reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and he ended a run of first-round exits by reaching the fourth round of the OKBet Sports Online Betting last year.
However, his preparations have been mediocre, and his odds have risen to 16/1.
Dominic Thiem, the 2020 champion, is regaining form and is 50/1 after being granted a wildcard, but he faces Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round.
At 28/1, Auger-Aliassime and Matteo Berrettini appear to better bets. The Italian has a favorable draw and could face Andy Murray in the third round if both players advance.
Cameron Norrie, the British number one, rose to ninth in the world rankings after beating Murray (125/1) and Alcaraz en route to the Cincinnati semi-finals, and he is 40/1 to win his first grand slam.
That is the same price as Hurkacz, the runner-up in Montreal, who has a good record against Medvedev, though he has yet to show his best form in New York.
Fritz is ranked 12th in the world, having reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the last eight in Cincinnati, so he looks appealing at 22/1, but he has never advanced past the third round in six attempts.
Coric advanced 123 places to 29th in the standings after a stunning victory at the Western & Southern Open 15 months after shoulder surgery that is still causing problems.