Tennis: US Open 2013 Review

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Men's US Open Review

The final grand slam of the season is now behind us as Rafael Nadal saw off Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in an enthralling US Open final. The Spaniard dropped just two sets during the whole tournament and looked imperious throughout. Djokovic, on the other hand, looked like only 90% of the player we've seen in recent years.

Elsewhere, it's a shame that Roger Federer's star has finally dimmed as he followed up his shock second round exit at Wimbledon with another surprise defeat, this time to Tommy Robredo at the fourth round of the US Open. With Djokovic, Murray, Nadal and others ahead of him it looks like it's finally time to avoid Federer in any kind of outright market.

Instead, it's Stanislas Wawrinka who is flying the Swiss flag in men's tennis. Stanislas was within touching distance of his first grand slam final after taking Novak Djokovic to five sets in New York after an impressive two weeks.

The Swiss world number 10 clearly believes in his tennis right now and should climb even higher in the rankings over the next 12 months or so. He may not be worth backing to win a grand slam but, nevertheless, he could prove great value in a one off game against the top players.

Looking ahead to the ATP Finals in London I fancy Rafael Nadal to finally win the season ending tournament in London. The Spaniard looks to have adapted his game going by his performance at the US Open.

Nadal tended to avoid high octane rallies in New York and decided to come into the net at almost every opportunity to win the point early and save any excess strain on his body. This clever tactic adopted by Nadal could revitalize him and reap dividends in London.

Currently, only Skybet have a market on the ATP Men's Finals but you can pick up odds of 4.33 on Nadal to win outright.

Women's US Open Review

The women's US Open was, unsurprisingly, dominated by the top two seeds Viktoria Azarenka and Serena Williams. The Americans' hard fought 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 victory pushed her career earnings over the $50m barrier making her one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, women's tennis player of all time.

However, from a punting perspective, there is little value backing Serena Williams to win a grand slam. With such prohibitive odds on Serena it would make sense to look further down the markets for better value as backers of Marion Bartoli at Wimbledon just months ago will contest.

Williams won two out of four grand slams this year but if you were getting odds on prices you would be out of pocket. It's clear the world number 1 is on top of her game but, like she illustrated at Wimbledon with a surprise fourth round exit, she does have flaws and there is a depth of quality on the women's tour that can be more than a match for her.

Rather than look at the usual suspects of Williams, Azarenka and Sharapova for grand slam glory next season we can definitely find better value lurking further down the market.

Sloane Stephens has had an impressive season and the 19 year-old American looks like a star in the making and will be on my shortlist for every grand slam next season. Stephens fell at the fourth round in New York to Serena Williams but the world number 15 isn't far away from reaching her first grand slam final.

Li Na also caught the eye with an impressive run to the semi-finals of the US Open. The Chinese world number 5, who won the French Open in 2011, had a below-par season last season but seems to have regained her confidence and looks like a player to keep on the right side off in the upcoming months.

Shortlist for 2014 season: Sloane Stephens and Li Na.

Recommendations: Rafael Nadal to win the ATP Men's Finals at 4.33 with Skybet.

The ATP World Tour Men's Finals start on Monday 4th November 2013 at the O2 Arena in London.

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