It’s been a long wait, but the final Grand Slam of 2015 is finally here. If the form going into the tournament is any indicator, it is really hard to look past the top 2 players in the world for the finals. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have been setting the tour on fire and Flushing Meadows, New York could bear witness to something special.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic headlines this half of the draw.
For a man who has dominated Men’s Tennis for the past four years, he has, surprisingly, only one U.S Open trophy to show for it. After his lone victory in 2011, it was Andy Murray that stopped him in 2012 in a final that lasted nearly 5 hours. Saving match points against Roger Federer in the semis proved to be not quite enough in 2013 as Rafa Nadal took care of Djokovic in the finals. 2014 saw Kei Nishikori take out Djokovic in an inspired semi-final performance.
He’s having a similar a season to 2011 again. Will 2015 see Djokovic ascend to the throne once more?
As has been the case throughout 2015, the draw gods have been kind to him here. He starts off against the Brazilian Joao Souza and is slated to meet Vasek Pospisil in the second round and Andreas Seppi in the third. He has combined head to head record of 15-0 against the trio.
David Goffin who took Djokovic to the decider in Cincinnati, looms in the fourth round. Quarter final could see Djokovic face up to the slumping, fumbling Nadal, if Nadal does indeed manage to get that far. Nadal has been slated to meet a procession of opponents, all of whom have managed to beat him in the past 12 months.
Djokovic’s toughest match of the half appears to be in the form of the man who took him out in 2014. Nishikori, who had pulled out of Cincinnati with injury worries is no lock himself having to contend with players of the caliber of David Ferrer, defending champion Marin Cilic and showman Gael Monfils.
SEMI-FINAL PREDICTION : Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori
FINALIST: Novak Djokovic
The in-form man and World No.2 Roger Federer is the main draw in the bottom half.
Federer opens his campaign with a match against Leonardo Mayer, the man who wasted 5 match point opportunities against the same opponent in Shanghai last year. Steve Darcis and the always tricky Philippe Kohlschreiber await in the second and third round followed by either Ivo Karlovic or John Isner. Tomas Berdych, a player who has given Federer trouble time and again is the likely quarter-final opponent.
3rd seed Andy Murray is likely to be Federer’s biggest obstacle if he is to reach the finals. Murray has the toughest opening matches among the top-4. Even though Murray has never even lost a set to him, Nick Kyrgios won’t be going away easily. It gets substantially easier from there on out until the quarter-finals where he’ll meet Stan Wawrinka. Rarely predictable, the Swiss can blast through anyone’s defense on his day.
SEMI-FINAL PREDICTION: Roger Federer vs Andy Murray
FINALIST: Roger Federer.
FINALS: Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer
WINNER: ROGER FEDERER
Unsurprisingly, it is the top seed and World No.1 Novak Djokovic who gets top billing as far as betting is concerned. He’s placed at 11/10 at Bet365.com and bWin.com
A little puzzlingly, it is Andy Murray who’s up next. He can be had at 7/2 at both Bet365 and bWin.
World No.2 Roger Federer comes in at third. He’s 4/1 at both sites.
Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka and last year’s finalist Kei Nishikori make up the fourth and fifth places. Wawrinka is 14/1 at Bet365 and 12/1 at bWin, while Nishikori is 16/1 at both places.
Slumping Rafa Nadal is 25/1 at Bet365 and 22/1 at bWin.