Can Andy Murray retain his Title at Flushing Meadows?
Andy Murray (9/4 Bet365) is the defending champion at Flushing Meadows. It was 12 months ago that the Scot defeated Novak Djokovic to win his maiden Grand Slam event. His form leading up to this years tournament is far from impressive. He lost in Montreal to Gulbis and then suffered a straight sets defeat to Berdych in Cincinnati. Murray though is loving the Grand Slam events at the moment, Winner here last year, Australian Open finalist and Wimbledon Winner in 2013, you would be a fool to dismiss Andy’s chances just on the basis of 2 hardcourt results this summer. He has a huge chance! His game is well suited to the courts at Flushing Meadows and he will be very difficult to beat, even if not at this 100% best, though i think he will be!
World number 1 Novak Djokovic (7/4 Bet365) suffered a loss to John Isner in Cincinnati but again I wouldn’t read to much into this. He took Nadal to a 3 hard fought sets in Montreal final a few weeks ago and we all know just how impressive he can be when in the zone, especially on hardcourts. It will be very difficult to defeat Novak over 5 sets, but i think Murray has the edge over him at the moment, after his Wimbledon triumph. Never discount the former champion
The man of the moment is Rafael Nadal (5/2 Bet365). The Spaniard is back to his best and back up to world number 2, having won consecutive ATP Masters events in Montreal and Cincinnati. Many tennis fans feared Rafa would struggle to regain his top level tennis when he first came back from his injury problems, but he has proved his critics wrong and is not only a force on clay but now also back to form on the hardcourts. I still think Nadal is very beatable over 5 sets and his price is too short. Nadal is definitely not as unbeatable as people think
Roger Federer is down to 7th in the new ATP rankings, yes 7th! He is likely to have a very tough draw in Flushing Meadows and many fans think the Swiss is past his best and not a serious challenger. However you should never right off the Swiss Legend. He can still play quality tennis on hard courts, but his consistency is the key and over 5 sets i am not sure he is mentally tough enough at the moment. Still Federer at (11/1 Bet365) is a very good price and some punters maybe lucky backing him, he could repay you in £££.
David Ferrer (40/1 Bet365) doesn’t seem to be in good enough form for a tilt at the US Open and think he could well go out in an earlier round if he gets a poor draw.
Former champion Juan Martin Del Potro (9/1 Bet365) is back up to world number 6 and he has the capabilities of beating the whole field if he is in the zone and memories of his sole Grand Slam win respark his brilliant hardcourt tennis skills. His loss to Isner in Cincinnati did nothing for his confidence though.
Tomas Berdych (33/1 Bet365) had a good week in Cincinnati and is up to world number 5 with another consistent year. He will need to be at his very best to threaten the top 3 players at Flushing Meadows, but his win over Murray and closeness against Nadal shows he is capable.
Big serving duo Milos Raonic (66/1 Bet365) & John Isner (50/1 Bet365) will have to play excellent tennis if they are going to cause any major upsets, but should be good enough to reach the 4th round without any problems. as should Janowicz (40/1 Bet365)
Tsonga is out with an injury, so the main threat from France will be Richard Gasquet (125/1), but again I can’t see him threatening past the QFs
Veteran Tommy Haas (100/1 Bet365) will fancy his chances of causing an upset but it is a lot to ask for him over 2 weeks while Grigor Dimitrov (80/1) is an interesting player. He hasn’t been at his best since some brilliant clay court performances earlier in the year. Consistency is again a feature of his game that needs to improve.
As always the draw this week could have a big impact on the chances of every player, so expect some betting odds to change after this draw is made!
I think Andy Murray will be hugely motivated to defend his title at the US Open and he will be scared of no one. His recent dip in form will have people guessing to what he will do at Flushing Meadows. He is my tip for the title again