Djokovic has played 59 singles matches, winning 57 of them and is the bookmakers pick to win his third Grand Slam
The 2011 US Open Tennis Championship starts at Flushing, New York on 29th August and concludes on September 11th with the men's final.
Novak Djokovic comes into the event ranked number one in the World, a position gained following an incredible season which has seen him win nine tournaments, including two Grand Slams, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. In 2011, Djokovic has played 59 singles matches, winning 57 of them and is the bookmakers pick to win his third Grand Slam with Paddy Power offering the best odds about the Serb at 6/4 to win the event he was runner up in last year and in 2008.
In the Women's event, Caroline Wozniacki’s is the number one seed but still remains without a Grand Slam win in her career. She came close in this event two years ago when runner up to Kim Clijsters but her odds of 20/1 in the US Open betting suggest that the 21 year old Dane is not fancied to end her Grand Slam Drought in New York.
Defending men's champion, Rafael Nadal, has been seeded at number two whilst five times winner Roger Federer at number three with Britain’s Andy Murray, who defeated Djokovic last week in the Cincinnati Master’s final is the number four seed as he looks to land his first Grand Slam victory.
There was much debate regarding the seeding in the Ladies Tournament of three time champion, Serena Williams who only returned to tennis in July at Wimbledon after an 11 month illness absence. During this time her, ranking plummeted taking her outside the top 32 but since returning she has played and won two top tier tournaments and is looking back to her very best. The USTA nonetheless has decided to maintain its policy of reflecting the world rankings of the players in the tournament seedings which is why Serena is only seeded at number 28 but remains the 13/8 favourite to win with Victor Chandler.
Unlike the men's title which looks set to be decided between the top four players, the ladies title looks a far more open affair, particularly as Kim Clijsters, winner here for the last two years is absent through injury and Maria Sharapova, who won here in 2006 is the second favourite.
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