The remaining two places in the US Open 2013 semi-finals are up for grabs tonight in New York, with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic both in action.
Yesterday’s wagers yielded one winner from my two bets, with Rafa Nadal cruising past Tommy Robredo even more comfortably that I expected and landing the -8.5 game handicap. Meanwhile, there were incredible scenes in the David Ferrer vs Richard Gasquet match.
My bet in that one was foiled by a stellar performance in the opening two sets from the Frenchman, who, true to type, lost the next two and appeared on his way out. Amazingly, given his career record, the Gasman found a way to get the better of Ferrer in a fifth set that few gave him a chance in.
Andy Murray kicks us off today at 6.30pm UK time on Arthur Ashe Court, where he takes on Stan Wawrinka.
Stan Wawrinka vs Andy Murray
Murray has already been moaning about the schedule even before this match has begun, complaining irrationally that he was the last match on Tuesday night and the first today.
Maybe he’d have a point if he hadn’t had a day off in between. So, we can expect the usual whinging and whining through this match and I suspect the issue is more to do with having to play in the heat of the day, which actually seems set to be quite cool, with reasonable humidity.
More of a stumbling block should be Wawrinka himself, who is capable of playing lights out tennis at times, as Murray will remember from taking a beating from Stan in their most recent clash in Monte-Carlo on the clay.
Conditions on Ashe won’t be overly quick today, which gives the Swiss more of a chance and won’t expose his movement, which is not in the Murray league.
The presence of Magnus Norman in the Wawrinka camp this past few months has undoubtedly helped on the mental side of the game, but he does still have bad spells during matches. They are less frequent now though and at the prices I have to side with Stan making a match of this.
Wawrinka +2.5 sets at 1.45 looks very solid indeed, as I’d be amazed if Andy won this in three, while the +5.5 games also appeals and the over 37.5 total games at 1.75.
Novak Djokovic vs Mikhail Youzhny
I love the US Open and it’s a fabulous event to watch live, but they do have some very odd ideas, such as putting an exhibition match involving Chrissie Evert and Monica Seles (and two chaps that I’ve never heard of), on before the main event of the night.
It means that Novak and Mikhail will probably have a late night and anyone in Europe will be up until the early hours.
Djokovic is far too short here against a player who can light it up and who has beaten him three times in the past. Admittedly they were a while ago, but the Russian did take a set from the Serb in Monte-Carlo on the clay this season and in the cool conditions of the night under the lights it won’t be too quick for Youzhny.
Djokovic took advantage of a bedraggled Marcel Granollers in the last round and it’s made his price shorter than it should be. He’s faced nothing so far in this tournament and this is not quite the 2011 Novak Djokovic that we’re seeing here. Over 27.5 total games at 1.65 looks nailed on to me and the 2.65 forYouzhny taking a set is an option too.
Back over 37.5 total games in Murray vs Wawrinka at 1.75
Back over 27.5 total games in Djokovic vs Youzhny at 1.65
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