Goran Ivanisevic's US Open Tips: Djokovic and Nadal to win in straight sets


I didn’t expect Andy Murray to lose against Stanislav Wawrinka last night, but to be honest he’s not playing good tennis. He played badly in Montreal and Cincinnati, and this week he just didn’t raise his game. Credit must go to Wawrinka, but still you have to say that Murray didn’t play well.

I’m not sure his poor form is a reaction to winning Wimbledon. Before he won a Grand Slam people used to say that it was a psychological issue. Now he’s won two Grand Slams, people are again saying it’s a mental probalem, because he’s just won Wimbledon, but the fact is Murray's just playing badly. He’s not a machine.

Wawrinka was hitting the ball so well, it was probably the best match of his life, while Andy was missing something. It can happen. He didn’t lose to a player ranked 100 in the world. Wawrinka is ranked number nine. 

He will now play Novak Djokovic in the semi-final on Saturday. Stan had a good match with Djokovic in the Australian Open which he was close to winning. I don’t think it will happen again, because Djokovic is currently playing very well. I predicted Djokovic to reach the final against Nadal and I still think it will happen. You can find odds of 1.20 on Djokovic beating Wawrinka.

I’m backing Djokovic to win in straight sets against Wawrinka at 2.25. The Swiss will find it tough to raise his game again for the semis and Djokovic will take advantage.

In the other semi, Nadal should also win in straight sets when he faces Gasquet and can be backed to do so at 1.40. The Frenchman is a very talented player, but Nadal will jump on him from the start and there will be no surprises. 

The combined price of Djokovic and Nadal to win 3-0 is 3.15, which is my recommended bet.

Best Bet

Back a Djokovic and Nadal 3-0 double at 3.15