US Open 2014

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Women = Trouble

As Rory McIlroy has set about proving of late, women are a bloody menace. ‘Can’t live with them, can’t win sports titles with them’ should be the new clichéd slogan, as the ditching of ‘tennis babe’ ® Caroline Wozniacki, was swiftly followed by the greatest patch of the young Ulsterman’s career.

Enter Novak Djokovic, whose wedding to the quite frankly smoking Jelena took place last month on the island of Sveti Stefan in Montenegro. (If you’re interested, pictures are available all over the world wide web – but we’re not that sort of publication.) But since then the curse of Wozniacki has hit Novak, losing to Jo Wilfried Tsonga in Toronto, and then again at the Western and Southern Open to Tommy Robredo.

Nevertheless, he remains the 2.38 favourite for the US Open on Betfair, a price we would stay away from. If Djokovic has to play his way into the tournament (a few lengthy matches in the early rounds for example,) fatigue will catch him later in the tournament.

With Murray far from the finished article right now, (having not beaten a Top 10 player since winning Wimbledon) and Rafa Nadal pulling out with a wrist injury, this surely leaves the field open for Roger Federer at 4.9, the Swiss having just beaten Murray on his way to winning in Cincinnati. He should have won Wimbledon but Roger also loves it in New York.  Back him to do some damage, despite not making the final since 2009.

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