US Open Tennis

This entry was posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012

Can Murray turn gold into something more valuable? 

With the big four once more down to just three, like an Agatha Christie novel, the draw is the best place to look for a good steer. Whilst Andy Murray is the man in form, it is Novak Djokovic who will benefit from the absence of Rafa Nadal – the Serb is drawn in the half in which the Spaniard would have resided. In theory therefore, Juan Martin del Potro is the only potential opponent who could beat Djoko on a hard court, before the final.

The big question is on Novak’s wrist injury, and his stamina for five sets of tennis. That is why we like del Potro as an outside punt at 17 with Betfair.

Murray’s quest for a first major at his favourite Slam sees him take on former US and now Russian player Alex Bogomolov Jr in the first round, before what many think could be his first real challenge, Milos Raonic in Round 4. He should meet Tsonga in the last eight (although this is the Frenchman’s least favourite major) and then a semi against Federer, the duo meeting in New York for the first time since the ’08 final.

This is where the dream could die for Muzza. Federer has been the most consistent player in the world in 2012, and is at home on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows. In addition, no man has followed up an Olympic Gold with victory at the US Open.

In the women’s competition, Serena Williams was simply frightening at the Olympics, crushing her top-ranked opponents without breaking sweat. 2.2 is just too short however, and it may be worth investing in the defending champion, Sam Stosur, who at 38, has to be worth a shekel or two.

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