Federer, Williams shooting for second straight Grand Slam titles at U.S. Open

Reigning Wimbledon champions Roger Federer of Switzerland and Serena Williams of the United States will both be gunning for the final Grand Slam title of the 2012 tennis season, as the U.S. Open gets underway Monday at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Federer, the current No. 1 player in the world and  the top seed in the men's draw, is listed at 5/2 odds to win his 18th career Grand Slam title. Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open crowns from 2004-2008 and a sixth victory would break the record he currently shares with Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras for the most U.S. Open titles (in the Open Era).

Defending U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic is listed just ahead of Federer as the betting favorite however, with the powerful Serbian rated at 3/2 odds. Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray of Scotland is at 4/1 odds, while world No. 3 Rafael Nadal of Spain will miss the event with a knee injury.

Williams, who has surged to the No. 4 ranking in the world with her recent dominating run of success both at Wimbledon and at the London Olympics, is the heavy chalk at 1/1 odds to win the women's title. Williams was defeated by Australia's Samantha Stosur in the final last year, but has three previous U.S. Open titles to her credit in 1999, 2002 and 2008.

World No. 1 and top seed Victoria Azarenka is at 5/1 odds, while 2006 U.S. Open champion Maria Sharapova is listed at 6/1 odds.



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