Andy Murray has been handed a tough opening round draw in the Western and Southern Open as he bids to get his game back on track before the US Open.
A defeat to Kevin Anderson in Montreal last week saw Murray’s US Open odds drift out to 8/1 and with shock exits for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic is now the very solid 11/10 favourite.
Murray will be hoping that this week he can get some much needed court time ahead of the US Open which starts on August 29, and the Scot is 2/7 to beat Nalbandian tomorrow.
Nalbandian has lost to Murray on both of the last two occasions in which they have met, but the two players still have a 2-2 head-to-head record.
Both of Murray’s wins over Nalbandian came last year and while Murray is improving, the 29-year-old Nalbandian seems to be entering the twilight period of his career.
Wednesday’s match should be a routine win for Murray but the same could have been said about his match with Kevin Anderson in Montreal, and Nalbandian has the pedigree to upset Murray once again.
The Argentine is 5/2 to register a victory and there may be worse bets tomorrow, but punters should still expect a Murray win.
Elsewhere Djokovic opens his Western and Southern Open challenge with a match against Ryan Harrison, and the 5/4 favourite to win the tournament this week should have no problems with the young American.
Today Roger Federer takes on Juan Martin del Potro in what is undoubtedly the tie of the second round, and Federer is the 2/5 favourite to advance.
Del Potro has beaten Federer just twice in their eight matches but both of those wins came in their last two meetings and the Argentine offers plenty of value at 7/4 to win later this evening.