Shane Lambert looks at Milos Raonic US Open odds after his defeat of Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi final and he thinks he is worth backing at the prices before the final on Sunday.
Milos Raonic is into the Wimbledon 2016 final, a match that will be played on Sunday from the All England Club. His appearance in a Grand Slam final should bring a lot of attention his way in futures markets and, in truth, he is emerging as a major Grand Slam threat. The US Open and the Australian Open remain future tournaments that punters will want to focus on with this player while the French Open is not.
The good news with Raonic backers or value bettors is that the Canadian is still priced pretty long for both Flushing Meadows and Melbourne Park. For the US Open, Raonic is at 25/1 with bet365 and he has the same odds for the Aussie with BetVictor.
It's understandable that Raonic would be considered a lesser favourite for each of those events when compared to Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. However, none of the following players should be considered a heavier favourite for a Grand Slam at this point: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori. Depending on the sportsbook you consult and the player you compare Raonic to, you will find that a lot of betting odds on the four players just mentioned are shorter than the Canadian's - something that I think will change in the near future.
25/1 is good to go for both of the future Grand Slams with each-way options at half odds available. It's true that the markets, especially the Aussie, are a ways off from being resolved. However, when dealing with odds as long as 25/1 you don't have to make a huge commitment. Furthermore, I think those that wait to act later will then be dealing with shorter odds - something that can hurt your ability to play more than one player in a market.
Never a player to pound due to injury concerns, I think Raonic remains a 2-pt bet and that each-way options have to be taken.
2-pts each-way on Raonic to win the US Open outright at 25/1 with bet365
2-pts each-way on Raonic to win the Aussie outright at 25/1 with BetVictor