Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Prediction and Odds

Novak Djokovic is going for history at the US Open.
Novak Djokovic is going for history at the US Open. / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

While most people are focused on the kickoff of the NFL season, Novak Djokovic is focused on trying to make history today when he faces Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final today. Not only can Djokovic become the first male tennis player to win the calendar grand slam since Rod Laver in 1969, he can also break a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most majors by an individual.

That's a lot of pressure for one player to face, but if anyone can handle it, it's Djokovic. He dealt with nerves early in his career but has since overcome them to become arguably the greatest tennis player in history. Plus, not sure if you heard his quote about Kobe Bryant, but it was inspiring and makes me feel he's ready for this historic opportunity.

Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Odds

Currently Vegas agrees with this. WynnBET has set Djokovic as a -260 favorite (bet $260 to profit $100) over Medvedev, whose odds are +205 (bet $100 to profit $205).

Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Prediction

While I'd love to bet Djokovic straight up, the odds just don't make sense. Instead I'm looking at the total games and correct match score.

Thus far, Medvedev has lost one set the entire tournament. He hasn't faced quite as much competition as Djokovic, but he's still played some of the toughest players in the world, so we can't overlook that, which is why I'm thinking this goes at least four sets, if not five.

With that in mind, I'm taking the over in total games at 38.5 with -130 odds (bet $130 to win $100). As long as there isn't a 6-1 or 6-2 blowout in one set, which could happen but not likely, I see this being a grind-it-out match that goes at least four sets. If that happens, 38.5 seems safer than 39.5, which has -110 odds.

So that's my pick for this match. Now let's sit back and watch history, while also flipping back to the NFL.

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