Rafael Nadal fought valiantly to reach the third round – as expected – with the bookmakers not looking to change the odds on him anytime soon. Danielle Collins causes ripples in the women’s half with her solid play. Here’s a look at how things went on day four of the second round.
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Nadal survives Fognini test
Rafael Nadal found himself in a bloody victory with Fabio Fognini, accidentally hitting his nose with his own racquet in the fourth set. That didn’t deter the 22-time Grand Slam champion as the Spaniard got to his feet after a short medical break and won the match 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.
Despite the drama, the bookmakers continue to pit Nadal at 3/1 (with bet365) to win the tournament – which is no surprise as he is one of the most tenacious performers on the ATP Tour.
On the contrary, this equation should remain the same until the quarter-final – where he could find himself facing young talents like Cameron Norrie (22/1), Denis Shapovalov (50/1) or Andrey Rublev (40/1) – every chance. with bet365.
Meanwhile, Carlos Alcaraz remains at a steady 4/1 after another straight-sets win over Federico Coria in the second round. The equation could change slightly in the next round if he faces Croatian veteran Marin Cilic (50/1) – a position at which he could fall to Jannik Sinner (12/1).
It should be noted that Cilic’s next opponent, Daniel Evans, is 250/1 to win the Slam. Those odds are pretty good, but for risk-averse bettors, backing it to go a little further can lead to decent profits.
An interesting mix in the female half
Women’s tennis has always been huge for value bettors – and the current US Open proves it.
Local favorite Danielle Collins has reached the third round and now finds herself ranked 33/1 (with bet365) after a good start. She is about to then beat Alize Cornet and Aryna Sabalenka (9/1) in the fourth round.
Bettors may want to lock in Collins’ chances of reaching the quarter-finals.
In the third round, a few heavyweights are also expected to face off – Grand Slam winners Garbine Muguruza (40/1) and Petra Kvitova (28/1). The match can go either way, but the outright odds will be slim for whoever takes the cake.
Likewise, Karolina Pliskova and Belinda Bencic will also lock the horns, both placed at 25/1 and 22/1 respectively.
Interestingly, Victoria Azarenka – a former US Open champion – is now at 33/1. If she outlives Petra Martic, the bookmakers will consider lowering the price on her.
Finally, 19-year-old American Qinwen Zheng is well placed for a breakthrough at Flushing Meadows. Armed with a ranking at the top of her career and an incredible momentum, she has a good chance of winning her slice, in particular by dismissing Iga Swiatek (11/5).
Zheng is at 33/1 (with bet365) – which is a generous price considering its current form.