Roger Federer is now the 6/4 favourite at Sky Bet for the US Open after two of his chief rivals for the title announced they wouldn’t play again this year.
Firstly Novak Djokovic confirmed that the elbow injury that forced his withdrawal from Wimbledon had brought an early end to his season – before Stan Wawrinka revealed that a knee injury would also keep him off the circuit until 2018.
After winning his eighth Wimbledon title and his second Grand Slam event of the year following his success at the Australian Open in January, Federer had already been backed in to 9/4 to win for the sixth time at Flushing Meadows.
But the absence of 2015 winner Djokovic and reigning champion Wawrinka from the draw has changed the picture once again and forced bookies to go much shorter about Federer, who won the last of his five successive titles in New York 9 years ago.
The trophy has changed hands every year since, with Djokovic and Rafael Nadal winning twice and Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic & Wawrinka once.
With two big stars out of the picture, it could present an opportunity for one of the younger men to make a breakthrough, with German Alexander Zverev and Austrian Dominic Thiem both available at a stand-out price of 28/1 with Stan James.