US Open: Day one bets

  • Last Updated: August 25 2014, 17:08 BST

Our Andy Schooler and Sky Sports' tennis pundit Barry Cowan are providing tips for the US Open every day.

Barry Cowan: Backing Novak Djokovic to win the 2014 US Open
Barry Cowan: Backing Novak Djokovic to win the 2014 US Open

At Wimbledon, Andy had eight winners from 13 bets at a level-stake profit of more than 23 units, while Barry has landed landed profits at five of the last seven Grand Slam tournaments.

Here are their thoughts ahead of the opening day's play at Flushing Meadows:

Andy Schooler, sportinglife.com

Vasek Pospisil to beat Simone Bolelli 3-0 at 7/5 (sportingbet, betway)

Pospisil didn't have a good first half of the season but the signs in recent weeks have been promising. He made the final in Washington where he beat Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet, while he also took a set off eventual champion Roger Federer in Cincinnati. His big serve will cause claycourter Bolelli plenty of problems and I just see a gulf in class here. The Italian has not won a main-draw match on hardcourts at ATP-level this season and I anticipate he'll be brushed aside.

I've also got outright picks for the men's singles and women's singles. Click on the links to read my full previews.

Barry Cowan, Sky Sports

Novak Djokovic to beat Roger Federer in the final at 100/30

Djokovic is my favourite. I didn’t expect him to play as badly as he did recently (in Toronto and Cincinnati) and he looked flat and struggled to find the inner reserves that we’ve seen so often from Novak, but I think it was kind of understandable. A lot has happened for Novak over the last couple of months, having won Wimbledon after losing a lot of high-profile matches before that, getting back to world number one and getting married. However, form is not that important for Novak because the last big match he played was the Wimbledon final and, if he gets through the opening week, which I certainly expect him to do, he will be focused in the latter stages of the tournament. I’m going for Djokovic to beat Federer in the final. If Djokovic does lose before the final then Federer, for me, will win it. However, if they do meet in the final, with the history they have, most recently at Wimbledon, Djokovic will be the heavy favourite to win it.

  • All Barry's selections are with Sky Bet, who are donating all winnings to the 'Rally For Bally' fund, set up in memory of former British number one Elena Baltacha, who died from liver cancer earlier this year. The money raised by the fund is being split between the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.