Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal handed US Open snub as bookies predict Novak Djokovic win
ROGER FEDERER and Rafael Nadal are both in the unfamiliar position of not being favourites for the US Open.
Bookies have snubbed the two greats - who have won 37 Grand Slams between them - and have instead installed Novak Djokovic as their favourite to win at Flushing Meadows.
Federer is as big as 17/4 to lift the title while Nadal is the second favourite across the board at 4/1.
Djokovic, who lifted his 13th Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon, is 3/1 to come out on top.
Both Djokovic and Federer are in action in Cincinnati this week with both breezing through their second round matches.
Djokovic, who needs the Cincinnati title to complete his collection of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies, rallied to defeat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 4-6 6-2 6-1.
The 10th-seeded Serb, who has reached the final five times, suffered stomach problems during the match and was tended to by a doctor during the second set.
Novak Djokovic is the bookies' favourite to win the US Open (Image: GETTY)
Djokovic returned to wrap it up and raced into a 5-0 lead in the decider before serving out the match.
Djokovic will next face either fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov or Mischa Zverev in round three
Federer cruised to a 6-4 6-4 win over Peter Gojowczyk in his first appearance since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The world No.2, the top player in the men's draw following Nadal's withdrawal due to fatigue, looked fresh as he overwhelmed Gojowczyk with pinpoint serving and speedy defence.
Gojowczyk failed to convert any of his five break points on the fast Ohio hardcourts, easing the pressure on the 20-times Grand Slam champion.
Federer, playing in his first match since turning 37 earlier this month, said taking the fight to his opponent was a key to his continued success.
Roger Federer is third favourite to win the US Open (Image: GETTY)
Rafael Nadal is second favourite to win the US Open (Image: GETTY)
"It's important to always try to play your game, especially on faster surfaces, and not be too reactive," he said.
"In this day and age everybody serves big, everybody can hit big from the baseline... so it's important to bring in your own energy, whether it's the first round or the finals."
Federer faces Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the third round on Thursday.