Favorites for the 2018 US Open Tennis Finals
U.S. Open 2018 Women's Finals
Serena Williams (-275) Vs Naomi Osaka (+225)
Sports writers have used all the superlatives to describe the career of Serena Williams. She’s collected 23 Grand Slam titles, beating Steffi Graf’s record. Serena’s earned six U.S. Open titles, seven Wimbledon crowns, seven Australian Opens and a trio of French Opens. A win on Saturday would be her first U.S. Open victory since 2014.
Naomi Osaka grew up idolizing Serena, fulfilling her dream of meeting Williams in a Grand Slam final. Osaka became the first Japanese woman to earn a spot in the finals of a major, defeating the favored Madison Keys in straight sets. The breakout star of this 2018 U.S. Open has sustained a high level of tennis throughout the tournament, fully deserving of a finals berth.
Serena’s returned to her overwhelming style of tennis, warning rivals that this is “just the beginning”. She’s won 77% of the Grand Slam finals she’s appeared in, including a 6-2 record at the U.S. Open finals. Naomi’s showed steady nerves, but William’s experience and sheer power is likely to result in her 24th slam. Interestingly, Naomi defeated Serena in their only meeting, which makes Williams a superb value as a huge favorite.
Pick: Serena Williams (-275)
U.S. Open 2018 Men's Finals
Juan Martin Del Potro (+195) vs Novak Djokovic (-235)
As expected, Novak Djokovic whipped Kei Nishikori in straight sets, putting together another quietly brilliant performance. He’s better than ever after fixing a chronic elbow injury that threatened to curtail his career. Instead, he recovered faster than expected, winning the 2018 edition of Wimbledon. Novak seeks his 14th career Grand Slam singles title and his third U.S. Open win. Djokovic has mostly cruised through this tournament, dropping no sets over his last four wins and losing only two sets throughout the draw.
Del Potro has been even better, losing a single set throughout the tournament, although Rafael Nadal clearly wasn’t himself in the semifinals. The tall Argentinian looks to return to his peak achievement in 2009, when he won the U.S. Open, his only Grand Slam title. Del Potro has managed to defeat Novak four times in 18 meetings, with three of those victories on hard court. Unfortunately for Juan Martin, Djokovic has won both of their U.S. Open meetings in straight sets.
Del Potro has the type of big serve game to break through most players defenses, but it’s unlikely that his power game will overwhelm Novak’s amazing defense. Djokovic’s return game is the best on the tour, neutralizing the most dangerous serve specialists. Novak leverages his elite defense into sudden bursts of offense, turning smart risks into winners. Del Potro’s a monster, but Novak has been playing far too well to falter against an opponent he tends to dominate.
Pick: Novak Djokovic (-235)