The 2013 U.S. Open from Flushing Meadows, N.Y., is one of the biggest Grand Slams of the year, and the focus has shifted to the betting odds and which top stars will falter.
Some of the biggest names in the sport are heading toward a subpar performance, and all of the following players should be avoided by those looking to make a wager on the event.
Rafael Nadal (Odds: 2-1)
Rafael Nadal won the 2010 U.S. Open and is coming off a huge victory in the ATP Western & Southern Open, but at 2-1 odds and in a stacked field, this is not a risk worth the wager.
Nadal may have won the 2013 French Open, but with a porous finish at Wimbledon (bounced in the first round), there is no doubt that he is not playing the best tennis of his life.
While a win in Cincinnati may be a step in the right direction, Nadal’s issues on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows have resulted in the veteran only making the finals twice in nine attempts.
For a bona fide star like Nadal, that’s not good enough.
Victoria Azarenka (Odds: 7-2)
There are few players on the women’s side playing as well as Victoria Azarenka, but a lackluster history at the U.S. Open and a defending champion in Serena Williams looking for revenge will result in a loss in this Grand Slam tournament.
Azarenka is coming off a huge win at Cincinnati—she beat Williams in the finals of that tournament—but just one finals appearance in seven years on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows is a bad omen.
Add in that Williams is the defending champion and four-time Grand Slam winner at the event, and Azarenka is on such a collision course with the world’s No. 1 player that she will have a hard time winning.
At 7-2 odds, this is a bet fans should stay away from.
Andy Murray (Odds: 7-2)
As the defending U.S. Open champion and the 2013 Wimbledon winner, there are few stars playing on the level of Andy Murray right now, but fans looking to make a wager should think twice about this bet.
The field is full of the top stars in the world playing well right now. With names like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all still viable champions, riding with Murray as the outright winner isn’t a risk worth taking.
Murray was bounced in the quarterfinals of the ATP Western & Southern Open last week, and with a tough loss to Tomas Berdych still fresh in his mind, it will be tough for the star from Great Britain to defend his title.