Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray Favoured To Win In Men's DrawPublished on August 29th, 2016 5:44 pm EST
The 2016 Men's US Open tennis tournament got underway in New York earlier today.
This is the last Grand Slam event of the season and is one of the tour's most prestigious events. The tournament's location in Flushing Meadows, New York makes it very popular with advertisers and TV networks, which, in turn, makes it one of the biggest events of the year. In fact, you could argue that the US Open is the event that players on the tour want to win the most, as success in the US Open can make you a star overnight in the tennis world.
There are many story lines that are being woven through this year's Men's US Open.
How will Novak Djokovic recover following "personal issues" that saw him bow out early of Wimbledon earlier this summer?
Will Andy Murray be able to continue his strong play? What about names such as Milos Raonic and Juan Martin del Potro, who both seem on the edge of superstardom?
Will Rafael Nadal, who has seen his stock slump in recent months, be able to rebound?
Who will fill Roger Federer's void in this event?
Two players - Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - are seen as the two clear favourites to win this year's US Open.
After Djokovic and Murray, there is a steep drop-off to the next group of players, which includes the likes of Milos Raonic, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic.
Here is a list of the players who currently have the best odds of winning:
Novak Djokovic, 6/5
Andy Murray, 15/8
Milos Raonic, 14/1
Juan Martin del Potro, 16/1
Marin Cilic, 25/1
Kei Nishikori, 25/1
Rafael Nadal, 20/1
Stan Wawrinka, 20/1
Nick Kyrgios, 40/1
Early value can likely be found in Milos Raonic, who is coming off of a finals appearance at Wimbledon and who has a game that is greatly suited to the hard courts of Flushing Meadows. At 14/1, Raonic is exactly the type of player who could greatly benefit from the injury to Roger Federer - Raonic has never won a Grand Slam title but has gotten tantalizingly close. Could this be the year for him?