2021 US Open Tennis Odds: Can Djokovic Put Disappointing Olympics Behind Him?

Written By Derek Helling on August 24, 2021 - Last Updated on August 25, 2021
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Novak Djokovic‘s performance in the Tokyo Olympics left much to be desired for bettors looking to stake him based on recent form alone. The 2021 US Open tennis odds for men’s singles don’t give those bettors much of a discount on Djokovic, though.

Djokovic’s legacy as the greatest hard surface player ever on the men’s side of the game will be somewhat at stake next week in New York City. Because he’s such a strong favorite, it’s difficult to blame bettors for looking elsewhere in the field.

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2021 US Open tennis odds are lonely at the top

At most US legal sportsbooks, there’s Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and then everyone else.

Novak Djokovic
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-135
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-160
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-150
Daniil Medvedev
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+200
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+200
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+200
Alexander Zrevez
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+600
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+500
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+500
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia
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+4000
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+3400
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+2500
Matteo Berrettini
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+4000
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+2900
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+2800
Felix Auger-Aliasimme
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+3500
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+3400
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+3300
Jannik Sinner
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+8000
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+5000
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+5000
Reilly Opelka
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+8000
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+8000
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+800
Botek Van De Zandschulp
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+13000
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+12000
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+25000
Lloyd Harris
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+15000
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+12000
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+12500
Jensen Brooksby
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+15000
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+8000
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+12500
Oscar Otte
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+23000
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View the complete 2021 US Open tennis odds for every player at top US sportsbooks like Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook.

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Top players in NYC next week

Djokovic is not only the current ATP No. 1, but even a poor performance next week probably wouldn’t completely tarnish his reputation as the single best man to ever play tennis on a hardcourt surface. He is 75-12 in his career at the US Open, winning the event in 2018, 2015, and 2011.

Other past winners expected in the field this week include:

  • Marin Čilić – 2014
  • Andy Murray – 2013
  • Juan Martín del Potro – 2009

Should Djokovic get the win, he’ll join an elite company of players with at least four US Open titles like Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, and Pete Sampras. His greatest obstacle comes in the form of arguably the next-best player on hard courts, Medvedev.

Although Medvedev has never won this event, he’s had far fewer chances to do so with just 17 US Open matches on his career roll. Medvedev also hasn’t displayed the same recent struggles as Djokovic. In Tokyo, Djokovic didn’t drop a set through the first four rounds and had a lead in the semifinals before seemingly imploding. Ultimately, Djokovic left without a medal.

Besides Djokovic and Medvedev, the other top 10 ATP-ranked players expected to compete include:

  • No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas (+1100)
  • No. 4 Alexander Zverev (+700)
  • No. 7 Andrey Rublev (+2800)
  • No. 8 Matteo Berrettini (+2500)
  • No. 10 Denis Shapovalov (+4500)

Stadium and tournament info; how to watch US Open

Qualifying for the main men’s singles draw at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City begins Saturday, Aug. 28. The first round opens on Monday, Aug. 30. ESPN will provide coverage across its networks and encore coverage will be available on the Tennis Channel.

The tournament will reveal the men’s singles draw on Thursday, Aug. 26. After that, bettors and fans can check the daily schedule to find specific court assignments and times for each match.

Key handicapping info, long shot to watch

Always a factor at the US Open is the weather. The forecast for next couple of weeks features a lot of temperatures in the lower 80s and upper 70s. However, the humidity should be a factor. For Medvedev especially, heat has been an obstacle in the past.

Among those contenders with a better payout that could make some noise is Berrettini. Hard courts are his surface of choice and he reached the final at Wimbledon (on grass) this year. Depending on where he lands on the draw and if he continues to show improvement in his backhand, he could be a threat.

Bettors should note that Berrettini is a combined 0-5 against Medvedev in his career, however. Fans may not have to stake a winner in this one. For example, FanDuel gives bettors a market with either Djokovic or Medvedev on one side (-280) and the field on the other (+195). That line implies a 73.7% chance either Djokovic or Medvedev will be champion.

Caesars currently has an odds boost on Murray to win at +3500. However, DraftKings Sportsbook’s standard 2021 US Open tennis odds on Murray sit at +4000. Murray is a combined 11-26 against Djokovic/Medvedev, but does have a win in this event on his résumé. He’s also at just 5-5 on the year and 2-3 on hard surfaces in 2021.

In review of the numbers, Djokovic or Medvedev look like the safest bets. However, you’ll pay dearly for that safety in terms of a paltry payout.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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