Rafa 3/1 for Melbourne joy

  • Last Updated: September 10 2013, 18:23 BST

It was Grand Slam number 13 for Rafa Nadal on Monday night at the US Open and the Spaniard is a best price of 3/1 with Youwin and Betway for the Australian Open in January.

Rafa Nadal: Closing in Pete Sampras
Rafa Nadal: Closing in Pete Sampras

Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in four sets with bet365 and BetVictor going just 2/1 that he takes the title in Melbourne.

Djokovic is the 13/8 market leader with Coral and Paddy Power while Andy Murray can be backed at 3/1 with the latter firm and Sky Bet.

Juan Martin Del Potro is a 14/1 chance at Stan James and Ladbrokes with Roger Federer on the drift after his early New York exit and trading at 20s (Paddy Power and Coral).

In addition, Nadal is on the verge of becoming the most decorated player in history with one less Grand Slam title than Pete Sampras and four behind Roger Federer.

Coral bookmaker quote 1/20 that he surpasses Sampras and 1/5 that he breaks Federer's record.

His biggest rival on the circuit is Djokovic, who has six Grand Slam titles under his belt, but Coral don't expect him to catch-up with the 13-time Grand Slam hero, offering 9/1 that he overtakes him.

"Nadal is breathing down the necks of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer and is on the verge of smashing even more world records. His constant ability to bounce back from a chronic knee injury suggests that he's unstoppable and some punters believe that he can do the clean sweep in 2014 at odds of 20/1," commented Coral's Nicola McGeady.

Bet365 make Nadal a 5/2 shot to have overtaken Federer's total of 17 by the end of 2020.

Spokesman Steve Freeth said: "Federer looks an odds-on shot never to win another Slam, whilst a rejuvenated Nadal seems to have plenty left in the locker.

"It's game on at the top of the Grand Slam title league table!"

Sky Bet have opened a book on how many of the four majors the Spaniard will win next year, going 12/5 for him to secure another two and 33/1 to complete the Grand Slam and land all four.

Sky Bet's Ned Brooker said: "With Nadal odds-on to win a ninth French Open title next year, it seems inevitable that he will add to his tally.

"However, he will probably need further success on other surfaces to break Federer's record, a far from straight-forward task with Djokovic and Andy Murray in their primes, while Federer seems reluctant to retire despite his drop in form.

"We still consider Djokovic the favourite for the Australian Open as he looks to land a fourth successive title there, but Nadal has moved ahead of Murray in the betting at 5/2 from 9/2."