US Open Tennis 2014: Odds and Predictions Following Bracket Draw

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 22, 2014

Roger Federer, from Switzerland, celebrates after defeating David Ferrer, from Spain, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, in a final match at the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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Every player at the 2014 U.S. Open now knows their path to the fourth and final major of the year. 

The draw was announced Thursday, allowing us to take a much more in-depth look at what to expect in New York.

On the men's side, Rafael Nadal's absence has seemingly left Roger Federer a dream draw, while the last three major champions (not counting Nadal), Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, all find themselves on the same, daunting side.  

For the women, it sure looks like Serena Williams' draw to lose on the top, along with a whole lot of uncertainty on the bottom. 

Let's take a gander. 

 

Bracket Draw

You can find the men's bracket here and the women's bracket here, courtesy of USOpen.org.

 

Men's Odds

2014 U.S Open: Men's Odds
PlayerOdds
Novak Djokovic6-5
Roger Federer3-1
Andy Murray4-1
Stanislas Wawrinka12-1
Grigor Dimitrov14-1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga20-1
Milos Raonic20-1
Tomas Berdych40-1
Kei Nishikori50-1
David Ferrer66-1
Ernests Gulbis80-1
John Isner80-1
Jerzy Janowicz100-1
Marin Cilic100-1
Nick Kyrgios100-1
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Note: Complete odds can be found at OddsShark.com

 

Women's Odds

2014 U.S. Open: Women's Odds
PlayerOdds
Serena Williams7-4
Maria Sharapova5-1
Simona Halep7-1
Eugenie Bouchard9-1
Petra Kvitova12-1
Victoria Azarenka14-1
Caroline Wozniacki18-1
Agnieszka Radwanska20-1
Ana Ivanovic25-1
Venus Williams25-1
Angelique Kerber40-1
Madison Keys40-1
Sloane Stephens40-1
Garbine Muguruza50-1
Sam Stosur50-1
Dominika Cibulkova100-1
Sabine Lisicki100-1
Laura Robson100-1
OddsShark.com

Note: Complete odds can be found at OddsShark.com

 

Men's Prediction

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Nothing should be taken for granted in the tennis world, but Federer's name can safely be penciled into the final. 

In fact, Fed-Ex has done just that in four consecutive tournaments. The last three—Wimbledon and then a pair of Masters 1000 tourneys on hard courtshave been especially impressive, while he rolled through the gauntlet of Gael Monfils, Murray, Milos Raonic and David Ferrer to win the Western & Southern Open last week. 

He talked about his beaming confidence after that win, via ATPWorldTour.com:

I'm very happy about the week. Just overall it went from good to great. Just really pleased that I was able to back up a tough week last week already.

Especially now I come in with great confidence. I can really rest now, rather than having to work on stuff, so it's just about maintaining. That's also really good for the mind... I know my game is where I want it to be. It's about just keeping that level up right now.

Further improving his outlook in New York, he received an extremely favorable draw, as Tennis.com noted:

As for his opponent in the final, look for the guy who has been there the last four years. 

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That's not to say it will be easy. Here's a list of who Djokovic has beaten since Wimbledon: Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon. That's right. Since early July, he hasn't beaten anyone who isn't from the country of France. 

Moreover, his draw is significantly more difficult than Federer's. ESPN's Greg Garber explained:

No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, has a nasty little draw; he'd see top-ranked American John Isner (who has withdrawn from the Winston-Salem event with a sprained ankle) in the fourth round, and either 2012 US Open champion Andy Murray or Toronto champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters. Ugh.

If he manages his way through that, he could potentially see Wawrinka, who fought Djoker to five tough sets last year and beat him in Australia this year, in the semis. 

Nevertheless, the Serbian is still the best hard-court player in the world, while Murray and Wawrinka are also struggling as of late. 

Which brings us to the Wimbledon rematch. Djokovic won a thriller in London, but Federer is playing better than anyone on tour right now. As long as the 33-year-old doesn't overwork himself in the earlier rounds—a manageable task considering the draw—he's going to bring home No. 18. 

 

Women's Prediction

David Kohl/Associated Press

Forecasting the women's circuit this year has been completely unpredictable. In the year's first three majors, there have been six ladies to make the finals: Li Na, Dominika Cibulkova, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Eugenie Bouchard. 

If you realize whose name isn't on the list, you know there's a good chance for that trend to continue in New York. 

Serena Williams has won the last two U.S. Open tournaments and is coming off a dominant showing in Cincinnati in which she dropped just one set total against Samantha Stosur, Flavia Pennetta, Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic.

"Definitely my best performance of the summer," she said after crushing Ivanovic, via ESPN.com's Susie Arth. "Hopefully not the last."

Her season has been disappointing—no quarterfinal appearance at any major—but she's back at the top of her game at the right time. 

As for the other half of the bracket, we'll go with Caroline Wozniacki. She hasn't reached a major quarterfinal since 2012, but she has played well recently, making deep runs at Cincinnati and Montreal after winning the BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup in July. Her side of the draw is wide open, and the U.S. Open is typically her best major. 

It doesn't matter who advances, though. They aren't getting past Serena.