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US Open Betting - Nadal on Top of the World

US Open betting fans will have a new man at the top of the board when handicapping the US Open odds as Rafael Nadal has replaced Roger Federer as the best in the world.

US Open betting fans will also have to consider defending men’s champion Juan Martin del Potro, who was the big underdog winner with the US Open odds last year.

Juan Martin del Potro defeated Federer in a thrilling 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 result that may go down as the point in which Federer’s career began its decline as he has not been the same player since.

Del Potro himself is ranked 7th overall in the ATP world rankings and has been as high as 4th, which is where he ranked at the start of the year.  Del Potro has been out of action this year due to a wrist injury but would certainly want and hope to defend his title.

Nadal meanwhile has returned to prominence after his own injury problems from last year.  He has a record this year of 45-7 with 5 titles and over $5.5 million in prize money.   The Spaniard now has 41 career titles and an overall record of 448-96.

He is coming off wins in both the French Open, (Roland Garos), and Wimbledon, which catapulted him to the top of the world rankings where Federer has reigned for many years.

Another big name in tennis gambling is Novak Djokovic, who ranks 3rd in the world.   The Serbian has a record this year of 31-10 with 1 title and $1.5 million in prize money.  Djokovic lost at Wimbledon in the semi finals to Tomas Berdych, the man who defeated Federer on the grass of the All England Club.  His win was at Dubai.

Federer has a record of 31-9 this year with 1 title and over $2.8 million in prize money.  His loss at Wimbledon was just the latest in a series of woes for 2010 in which he has come off as a spoil sport that is losing his mark of excellence.

The quiet Andy Murray is 4th in the world rankings and has a record of 22-10 this year with over $1.6 million in prize money.  Murray always seems to be good, but not quite good enough to enter the conversation as a serious contender.

Berdych meanwhile ranks 8th in the world but could offer exceptional board value with a mark of 36-12.