Gold medallist Murray slashed for maiden Grand Slam success

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After a straight-set success over Roger Federer on Sunday, Olympic champion Andy Murray has been trimmed to 3/1 to land his first Grand Slam at the US Open later this month.

Murray was initially priced at 5/1 to triumph at Flushing Meadows, but the nature of his victory over Federer ensured the Scot will be well supported by punters at the New York tournament.

As such, Ladbrokes have accordingly cut the price for him to triumph here, and also in next year’s Wimbledon competition, which he is now just 7/2 to succeed in.

In besting Federer, Murray became the first British gold medallist in men’s singles tennis since 1908, claiming the win on Centre Court at SW19, the venue in which he lost his first Wimbledon final only last month.

The steely determination Murray showed in winning in less than two hours on Sunday would suggest that a first Grand Slam win will materialise in only a matter of time however.

His recent exploits on grass surfaces in front of a home crowd seem to indicate that his best chance could come at next year’s Wimbledon tournament, though with three Grand Slams to be played prior to then, a continuation of the 25-year-old’s imperious recent form could reap rewards prior to that.

Ladbrokes’ Jessica Bridge said of his exploits at London 2012: “Murray’s finally defied the odds and broke the SW19 curse. We’re anticipating this will kick-off his hunt for a major and patriotic punters are already piling into his chances of doing so in America.”

Indeed, patriotic punters were keen to side with Murray even at less-than-favourable odds in-play during yesterday’s final outing with Federer.

After kicking off the match as 5/4 underdog, Murray attracted support even at 1/200 during the match, and the manner in which he justified those odds will encourage many to side with him in future Grand Slam appearances.

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