By Sean Rudolph
(August 23, 2010) Roger Federer is ranked No. 2, but Federer is second to none when it comes to US Open favorites. The US Open begins next Monday and Federer, fresh off capturing his fourth Cincinnati title on Sunday, has emerged as the favorite to claim his sixth US Open championship.
The second-ranked Swiss is a 9/4 shot to win the US Open, according to British bookmaker Ladbrokes.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who is bidding to complete the career Grand Slam by winning his first US Open title and become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles simultaneously, is an 11/4 shot to win the Open.
Andy Murray, who beat Nadal and Federer in succession to successfully defend his Rogers Cup crown earlier this month, is a 3/1 shot followed by 2007 US Open runner-up Novak Djokovic, who is listed at 12/1.
A trio of big hitters — Tomas Berdych, Robin Soderling and Andy Roddick — are 16/1 with Washington, DC champ David Nalbandian at 20/1.
If you're looking for long shots, James Blake is 250/1, Taylor Dent is 1,0000/1, Michael Russell is 3,000/1 and Jack Sock is 5,000/1.