US Open: 27 August – 9 September
US Open betting
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Andy Murray looks to be getting closer and closer to that first grand slam title and will be one of the favourites on the hard court at Flushing Meadows.
After an emotional outpouring following his four set defeat to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, many of us saw the real Andy Murray open up to the public for the first time. Four weeks later he faced the same man (with the roof off) and celebrated the biggest win of his career as he won gold at London 2012.
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The absence of Rafael Nadal tips things further in favour of the Scot, who made the final at the US in 2008, only to be blown away by an inspired Roger Federer in what proved to be his last US Open title, and fifth consecutive men’s title.
Djokovic is the last of the big four competing in New York and he will be desperate to defend his 2011 title. After dominating the sport in 2011, save the French, Djokovic had high hopes going into 2012 but after an exhilarating win in Australia the Serbian has tailed off. He lost to Federer in the Cincinnati Masters last week, the same player to knock him out of Wimbledon, and looked out of sorts in the Olympics.
The Djoker is 13/8 with William Hill to win the US and will love to dovetail 2012 with a second slam victory after threatening to hold all four at stages early in the season. After the titanic win against Nadal in Australia, at five hours and 53 minutes the longest Grand Slam final in history, many tipped Djokovic to win the French and Wimbledon; thus becoming holder of all four slams. He came close at the French, with Nadal clearly rattled, but must now contend with fighting for his sixth major in New York.
Roger Federer rolled back the years at SW19 this summer as he played faultless tennis to despatch then World Number One, Djokovic, in the semi finals before moving up a gear once the Wimbledon final moved indoors. Andy Murray took the first set but couldn’t live with the Swiss once conditions resembled an indoor match, and Federer reminded everyone why he is the hard court master, winning five consecutive US Open’s from 2004 to 2008.
He is 5/2 with Sportingbet to win a sixth title at Flushing Meadow and he should be in perfect physical condition. His quarter-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro during London 2012 was the longest best of three sets singles match in history and at 31 he would have been feeling the effects still during the final with Murray. The Fed Express has been seeded Number One for the US, and despite the advances of Murray and Djokovic he remains the king of hard courts.
That brings us to Murray who is third favourite with the bookies, at 10/3 with Sportingbet. The US Open is widely regarded as Murray’s best surface because of the action and slice that the 25-year-old can impart on the ball and the hard courts favour his game. Ivan Lendl has had a marked impact on Murray’s game and the pressure will be off Murray in America.
I’m tipping a Federer v Murray final, but sadly I can’t see Murray repeating his Olympic heroics.