Danielle Parhizkaran, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Novak Djokovic
US Open Men’s Final Betting Odds
- Novak Djokovic: -215
- Juan Martin del Potro: +180
- Game spread: Djokovic -4
- Over/Under: 39.5 games (-115/-105)
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- Channel: ESPN
For the second straight year, the US Open final falls on opening Sunday of the NFL season, so it may get overlooked here in the States.
Nevertheless, I’m expecting a high-quality tennis match when Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic square off in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Djokovic, looking for his second consecutive slam (after winning Wimbledon in July), has fared well against the Tower of Tandil in the past, owning an impressive 14-4 H2H record against the big-hitting Argentine.
And this is good news to anyone who backed our recommended Djokovic future from pre-tournament, at +250. If you find yourself in that boat and would like to hedge your risk — you could put .55 units at +180 and secure yourself a free crack at Djokovic to win 1.95 units (not too shabby).
But let’s get into some X’s and O’s.
I was sitting in Arthur Ashe for both men’s semifinal matches — and was able to watch both players firsthand, ahead of this final match.
And while I was surely more engaged in JMDP’s (shortened) match against Rafa Nadal, truth be told I was more impressed with how Djokovic looked.
The Serbian just looked so strong from the baseline — impenetrable from a defensive perspective, and ridiculously dangerous from an offensive standpoint. The one shot that I keyed in on was his forehand — with which he was counterpunching with a ton of venom (like the Djokovic of old). For me, this is what separated the “invincible” Djokovic we saw from 2014-16 from the version of 2017 and parts of 2018.