US Open Tennis Draws
2016 US Open Tennis Draws
By: Frankie the Fan
We are going to take a look at both the Men’s and Women’s Draw for the US Open which begins on Monday. It should be a lot of fun this year, as both of the top seeds are certainly not guaranteed a Title.
On the Men’s side, Djokovic has been out of form and may be hiding some sort of injury, and Serena is getting older and the other girls are starting to catch up with her talent wise, at least on the power side.
In the top section Novak had to look at the draw and say “Are you fucking kiddin me?” He just lost in the first round of the Olympics to Del Potro now he starts with the hard serving, erratic but very capable Janowicz in the opening round. It gets easier after that as Klizan is his seed in 3rd round. Isner or Gasquet in 4th round will be no “cakewalk” however. Then to make the Semis he might have to beat Tsonga, Anderson or Marin Cilic. Novak must not be living a clean life lately cuz the “Tennis gods” have not been shining his way recently.
In the Semis, Nadal could be waiting and a rested Nadal certainly can scare or beat the Serb in the Semi, and to get to the quarters he’d have to play guys like Vinolas and Agut, certainly not the “27 Yankees”, then maybe Monfils or Raonic. Very favorable draw for Rafa.
On the other side “Stan the Man” and Thiem are the top seeds. Stan hasn’t really been in form this summer and Thiem hasn’t played well since the Spring. I hate to say it, and I’m actually betting him myself, there is certain Argentine who got a silver medal with the initials JMDP who most likely will be in the Semifinals here, and if he gets there this time he may be rested and win the whole thing. The seeds he’d have to face to make the quarters are an inform but bad player in Johnson, a good player who is out of form in Ferrer, then the unseasoned and out of form Thiem. Juan Martin is not “shakin in his boots” facing those guys. The odds on Del Potro are +1850 at America’s Bookie and he is our Dark Horse pick to win this thing.
On the bottom of course we have a very in form Andy Murray and he really is the favorite here although of course Djokovic on paper is the favorite. Nishikori is also in the bottom half as well as Karlovic who has played great this summer but it would take a great upset for Andy not to be in the Semis here.
So we really like a Del Potro vs. Murray Semi and Nadal to hold his seed, but Novak better watch his back against guys like Cilic, Isner and the others on his journey. Let’s just say for argument sake that he gets there, he will be “out of gas” against Nadal in the Semi. You saw what happened to the four Semifinalist in the Olympics. If you are on the court too long on your way to the Final, you cannot play your best once you get there, you pick up small injuries and your legs are gone. We like Nadal to beat Novak and maybe it’s our heart talking but Juan Martin to avenge his Olympic loss to Murray and play Nadal in the Final. That match in which both players should be rested will be epic and we will hold our pick on that one till we see what happens in the next 2 weeks.
For the Women we will only tell you how the top 8 seeds line up and throw in few dark horses cuz as we said, Serena is ripe for an upset and no one else can really win on a consistent basis except for maybe Kerber who doesn’t really prefer this surface. 3rd seed Muguruza threw in a stinker at Wimbledon coming off her victory in Paris and they laid a bigger egg at the Olympics.
The 4th seed is Radwanska and if we had a dollar for every dollar we’ve lost on her in the past we have a lot of dollars right now. Then we have the perpetual choker Halep, ancient big sis Venus, defending finalist but lucky Vinci and then up and coming but not there yet Madison Keys. After that we have bunch of evenly match players that can all pull an upset on any given day but lack the expertise to go all the way.
As far as the draw goes, Serena is slated to meet Halep in the quarters, and then play either Radwanska or her sister. On the other side Keys and Muguruza are in one section along with Olympic Champ Puig, and Kerber and Vinci are in the other. The best way to play this is by making your daily bets online cuz most of these matches could go either way. Just do your homework on past head to head performances and see who is playing well, if you have the ability to break it down, notice how different styles make matches, just like in Boxing. We will give you a few daily picks along the way to out as well.
That being said we see the winner of Muguruza (if she get her game back together) or Kerber playing Serena in the Final and since Williams has really been getting nervous in big spots lately look for either the Spaniard at odds of 9-1 or Kerber at odds of 8-1 to be a good value bet for you. Enjoy the tennis guys.