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Djokovic vs. Shelton 2023 US Open Odds and Preview – September 8th

By Jeff Stinger

It’s Davis versus Goliath in one half of the semifinal round of the US Open, as all-time great Novak Djokovic takes on rising tennis prodigy Ben Shelton. Is Djokovic in line to reach another Grand Slam final, or will Shelton be able to pull off one of the biggest upsets in Flushing Meadows?

Nitrobetting is ready to volley the latest news, tennis odds, and updates all year round. Let’s break down the upcoming semifinal match of the 2023 US Open Men’s Singles tournament between Novak Djokovic and Ben Shelton.

Novak Djokovic vs. Ben Shelton 2023 US Open Men’s Semifinal Match Information

Why Bet on Novak Djokovic?

No surprises here, as second-seeded Novak Djokovic faced little to no adversity in the fourth round by defeating Taylor Fritz in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. This continues the three-time US Open champion’s streak of Grand Slam semifinal appearances to five straight instances, including wins in last year’s Wimbledon, and victories in this season’s Australian and French Opens.

What more could be said about the future Hall of Famer at this point? In his last 14 showings at the US Open, Djokovic has missed the semifinal stage just twice. On top of that, the sensational Serb has won at least one Grand Slam singles title each year since 2018, piling up a total of 11 Grand Slam victories in total.

One of the winningest players in ATP Tour history is predicted to have a cakewalk against an unranked opponent as he’s wont to do. However, Nole isn’t impervious to stunning upsets, with his stunning defeats at the hands of Sam Querrey (2016 French Open) and Denis Istomin (2017 Australian Open) being his most notable setbacks coming to mind.

Why Bet on Ben Shelton?

After taking down 14th-seeded Tommy Paul in the fourth round, Ben Shelton beat another one of his fellow American challengers, No. 10 seed Frances Tiafoe, in the 2023 US Open quarterfinal. Shelton needed four hard-fought sets to defeat a top-10 player in Tiafoe, marking the 20-year-old’s first Grand Slam semifinal appearance in just five tries.

Shelton turned heads earlier in the year when he cracked the quarterfinal round of the Australian Open, wherein he lost to the aforementioned Paul. With a win in his rematch against Paul and another victory over a favored foe, the southpaw out of the University of Florida is one name to keep an eye on as a future ATP Tour star.

For the time being, though, Shelton has the daunting task of facing none other than Djokovic. This is without his biggest test to date, yet Shelton does have the element of surprise up his sleeve since this is his first-ever encounter with Djoker. Here’s hoping that the youngster doesn’t succumb to the pressure of a Grand Slam legend early on.

Novak Djokovic vs. Ben Shelton Betting Trends

  • Djokovic now has a gaudy 86-13 record at the US Open.
  • Djokovic currently has a 25-1 record on the hard courts this season as well.
  • Shelton merely went 3-7 in ATP Masters events this season.
  • Shelton is now 10-4 lifetime in Grand Slam tournaments.

Novak Djokovic vs. Ben Shelton Expert Betting Prediction

As inspiring as Shelton’s career-changing run at the US Open has been, he’s running right into danger as easy fodder for Djokovic’s latest crowning achievement. Consider this semifinal clash as a straight path for a patented straight-sets win for Djoker, with Shelton barely able to muster up winning games in the double digits.

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