Round 2 (the last 64) of the men’s competition starts in earnest today at Flushing Meadows and Andy Murray can be pretty happy with his chances at progressing well beyond this stage.
The British number 1 (and world number 4) beat Lacko 3-0 and is now priced up as 3/1 2nd fav with Stan James, behind Roger Federer. Murray will be extremely interested by the shock departure of Thomas Berdych in Round 1 on Wednesday, which has effectively eliminated the main opposition from his quarter of the draw. A quarter final match can provide 12th seed Youzhny as the hardest opponent and that is something he can definitely aspire to achieve.
In the top section, Rafa Nadal is 4/9 (Paddy Power) to win his quarter of the draw, Ljubicic the only top 16 casualty from there. Whilst this surface is not Nadal’s best, a semi final showdown with Murray is the least we can expect from the prolific Spaniard. He is currently 7/2 with Betfred to win outright.
In quarter 3, 16th seed Baghdatis put in a poor display to duck out in Round 1 while Round 2 actually got underway late on Wednesday. Only 1 match of the entire round was played and Andy Roddick, fancied to do well this year, lost to unseeded Tipsarevic to become another big name casualty. Tipsarevic himself is a 150/1 shot with William Hill. That pushes Djokovic into 14/1 with 888sport as his quarter now looks to be his.
The 4th and final quarter, Federer’s, has seen no major upsets apart from perhaps Fernando Gonzalez (27th seed) losing to a qualifier. Federer, 7/4 fav at Blue Square, should dominate this section and a semi with Djokovic beckons and another final appearence as well.
In the women’s draw, Clijsters is still the 10/3 fav (Victor Chandler) outright while a rejuvenated Sharapova holds down the 9/2 2nd fav berth (bodog). Na Li was a major let down in round 1, the 8th seed dropping out to Bondarenko but she is the only player from the top 12 seeds to fall so far. That will be music to Kuznetsova’s ears who moves into 16/1 at Coral for the competition.
Round 2 is well underway for the ladies and wild-card entry Razzano is through to round 3 after defeating 13th seed Bartoli. Unfortunately she must face Ivanovic and then possibly Clijsters and that is reflected in Paddy Power’s 425/1 price up.
Venus Williams faces qualifier Minella in round 3 and she is 15/2 (Skybet) for the outright. Her sister, Serena, is out with a foot injury.