World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is ready to cement his status as hot favourite for the 2017 U.S. Open crown after sending semi-final opponent Juan Martin Del Potro a stark warning ahead of their meeting on Friday.
Nadal has recovered from a slow start to the competition and is a clear frontrunner for the New York title at 4/7 (1.57) with BetFred, and he recently suggested the best is still yet to come:
“I think I have been improving during the whole event, and I have been doing step forward match by match, and now is the moment to do it, another step forward, a little bit higher is possible, too.So I think I have the attitude to try to make that happen. I am excited about that semi-finals. I know I gonna have a very tough opponent in front. And I need to play my best.”
Semi-final foe Del Potro will be the new tournament favourite if he manages to stage an upset win over Nadal, although that result seems unlikely as he enters the fray as a 12/5 (3.40) underdog.
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2017 U.S. Open Odds
Rafael Nadal: 4/7 (1.57)
Juan Martin Del Potro: 3/1 (4.00)
Kevin Anderson: 11/2 (6.50)
Pablo Carreno Busta: 14/1 (15.00)