US Open 4th round: Djokovic & Williams sisters all feature
As the US Open enters the business end of the tournament, following a fairly comfortable first week, both last year’s champions, Marin Cilic and Serena Williams are still going strong. Coral preview all the action as we countdown to the final.
Andy Murray v Thomaz Bellucci
The Scot is overwhelmingly odds-on at 1/14 with Coral to beat Brazilian Bellucci, after seeing off Adrian Mannarino last time out, despite coming back from two sets down. However, Murray has been suffering from a cold and looked lethargic initially, before his quality showed as the match progressed.
Speaking after the match, Murray said: “The only thing I’ve taken [for the cold] is vitamin C,” Murray said. “Hopefully, it takes three or four days before it’s out of the system. That’s one of the things about being an athlete. It’s survival of the fittest.”
Benoit Paire v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
This might be an all French affair, but it is the latter at 30 years of age who is the heavy odds-on favourite at 3/10 for the win. Tsonga saw off Sergiy Stakhovsky in the last round in three sets and having done this in every round so far, he is 6/4 to win in three sets again.
Novak Djokovic v Roberto Bautista Agut
The Serbian star has swept everyone before him aside so far in the tournament and is overwhelmingly odds-on at 1/50 to beat his Spanish opponent, who has made hard work of reaching this round.
There are suspicions around the US Open camp that Djokovic has the same virus that Murray has after seemingly experiencing some heavy breathing during his three set win over Andreas Seppi.
“Yes, at the beginning, first set, I was struggling,” Djokovic said after the match. “I managed to break through and felt better after that. Conditions are not easy, but it’s the same for both of us. Some times the nerves play a little bit of a role. You tend to feel not that light on the court occasionally.”
Serena Williams v Madison Keys
An interesting all-American match-up sees the rookie take on the veteran, as talented, up-and-coming 20-year-old Keys, attempts to unlock the answer to beating Williams, who is going for the 2015 Grand Slam. They are odds-on at 1/6 and a modest 4/1 respectively to win.
Venus Williams v Anett Kontaveit
Having beaten 18-year-old Belinda Bencic in straight sets last time, former world number one, Williams is odds-on at 1/5 to overcome her 19-year-old Estonian opponent, and odds-on at 4/7 to do so in straight sets.
Elsewhere, Elena Makarova is odds-on at 4/7 to beat Kristina Mladenovic, while talented, young Canadian prospect Eugenie Bouchard is evens to triumph over Roberta Vinci.