This year’s US Open tennis tournament runs from August 29th to September 11th and as always, will be played on the hard courts of the National Tennis Center, at Flushing Meadows. The favourite with the bookmakers for the Men’s singles is currently Novak Djokovic, but is the 24 year old Serb capable of fending off the likes of Federer and Nadal?

Novak Djokovic
The favourite to take down the $1,800,000 first prize for the US Open Men’s Singles is understandably Novak Djokovic, at a best price of 2.37 (Bet365). The Serb has had an incredible year, having won both the Australian Open and the Wimbledon Singles titles, as well as enjoying an incredible winning streak of 43 consecutive matches (41 of which came in 2011) which was only ended by the great Roger Federer at the Semi Final stage of the French Open.

This kind of form is impressive in itself, but considering that on-court rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are two of the greatest players ever to pick up a racquet, new world number 1 Djokovic’s achievements seem even more impressive.

Djokovic is yet to win the US Open, but that’s not to say he doesn’t enjoy it at Flushing Meadows. He made the Semi Final stage in 2008 and 2009, sandwiched between two losing appearances in the Final; to Federer in 2007 and to Nadal in 2010.

Rafael Nadal
Number two in the world and defending US Open Champion, Nadal is no stranger to Grand Slam tennis success. The Spaniard has bagged 10 Grand Slam titles to date, including his first ever US Open victory last year. Understandably, he is as short as 3.75 (Bet365) in the US Open betting, though he can still be backed at prices as big as 6.00 (bwin, Paddy Power), which could well be value.

If anyone is to beat Djokovic it’s likely to be Nadal, but the form book this year so far suggests that Djokovic has the edge; most notably at Wimbledon, when Nadal succumbed to the Serb in the final. Many tennis fans excuse Nadal’s efforts that day due to a possible injury however, and with Nadal claiming to be fully fit and raring to go, don’t write off this 26 year old left hander just yet.

Roger Federer
A few years ago it would have been unthinkable to see the Fed-Express listed third in the betting for any major tennis tournament, let alone the US Open which he has won an impressive five times, but your eyes do not decieve you, he really is the third favourite with most bookmakers and is available to back at a best price of 8.00 (bwin).

He may be thirty years old, but the 16 time Grand Slam winner is far from past it and he retains all the ability of earlier in his career. Admittedly, his form has dipped over the last twelve months and his last major success was at the 2010 Australian Open, but despite this below par form, he still managed a runner up finish at the French Open and is ranked third in the world, light years ahead of fourth placed Andy Murray.

Andy Murray
It is often said of Murray that he is unlucky to be playing in the same era as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic and that at any other time, he’d have already bagged at least one Grand Slam title. But that’s a weak excuse – if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Djokovic is a cracking example of what can be achieved by a quality player trying to break through and Murray needs to step up to the plate.

At a best price of 10.00 (Unibet) for US Open success, the bookmakers obviously feel that Murray only has an outside chance of winning the US Open, a feeling that we’re inclined to agree with, given the Scot’s famous lack of bottle on the big stage. The 24 year old has now made three Grand Slam finals, losing all three (twice to Federer and once to Djokovic).

Interestingly though, all three of Murray’s Grand Slam Final appearances have come on the hard courts (once at the US Open and twice at the Australian Open) so if Murray is ever to get off the mark in Grand Slams, it’s likely to be in this competition… just not this year.

Juan Martin del Potro
Fifth in the US Open tennis betting is 22 year old Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, available to back at a best price of 20.00 with Unibet. Del Potro has only made one Grand Slam Final in his career so far, which came in this competition back in 2009. He managed to win the tournament too, beating Roger Federer in the process and showing that on his day, he is as good as any other tennis player in the world.

So far throughout 2011, del Potro’s form has been patchy, but there is no doubt that the hard courts are his preferred playing surface. Del Potro clearly has a bright future ahead of him and is destined for great things, but this year’s US Open is likely to come too soon for him.

BetPal.com verdict
When betting on the 2011 US Open tennis, don’t stray too far from the favourites in the betting. We really fancy Novak Djokovic to add another Grand Slam title to his growing CV, though Juan Martin del Potro makes some appeal as an each way bet.

Back Novak Djokovic to win the US Open 2011