Both the Men’s and Women’s singles draws at the US Open have played into the hands of the bookmakers’ favourites in spectacular fashion.
For Novak Djokovic, three times a beaten finalist in the last five years, it means a great chance to land the last Slam of the campaign for only the second time.
For Serena Williams it means a good deal more, with the possibility of securing a calendar year Grand Slam for the first time in her illustrious career.
Here’s how the bracketing ballots have made their respective tasks easier…
Novak Djokovic – 11/10 to win the US Open
The highest-seeded player Djokovic can meet at the quarter-final stage is the shadow of a man once known as Rafael Nadal.
Last seen when bounced from the Cincinnati Masters in three sets by Feliciano Lopez, he is far from the kind of form needed to more than a trifle for the Serb.
Only when Kei Nishikori, his conqueror at Flushing Meadows last year, emerges into his semi-final is Djokovic likely to be given a run for his money.
In the other half of the draw Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka must all scrap among themselves for the right to reach the final.
Serena Williams – 83/100 to win US Open
The highest seed in Williams’ half of the draw also happens to be a player who hasn’t played a competitive tennis match since losing to her at Wimbledon.
Maria Sharapova has been kept off the court with injuries to first one leg then the other and pulled out of the Cincinnatti even as a result.
Belinda Bencic, surely a Slam-winner in waiting herself, did likewise, meaning both of the most dangerous foes Serena could face before the final are likely to be below their best.
On the other side of the divide lie upwardly mobile Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza, French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova, 2014 US Open silver medallist Caroline Wozniacki and world number two Simona Halep.
Williams need face down only one of the super deep bottom half of the draw to secure a first ever calendar Grand Slam.