Nadal’s odds stay strong despite his collapse in press conference

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Rafael Nadal has been the talk of New York City following his collapse in his post-match press conference yesterday.

Nadal had just beaten David Nalbandian in straight sets and was facing questions from the Spanish press when the world number two collapsed under the table and it took 15 minutes of treatment before Nadal was able to leave the room.

This morning the Spaniard has rubbished claims that his fitness isn’t up to scratch, suggesting his cramps are nothing to worry about and punters certainly don’t seem to be bothered by Nadal’s fitness.

The world number two remains on course for another final meeting with Novak Djokovic and as Nadal is still available at 4/1 to win his second Grand Slam of the year.

Djokovic remains the man to beat at Flushing Meadows this week and is the very hot favourite at 4/5 to win the title, but Nadal looks the most likely to topple him according to the US Open odds.

While Nadal was cramping up in the press room Andy Murray was strolling to a straight sets victory over Feliciano Lopez.

However that victory wasn’t enough to push Murray ahead of Nadal in the US Open betting and the Spaniard remains too strong for Murray despite his cramps.

The two players resume their US Open challenges on Tuesday when Nadal takes on Gilles Muller and Murray takes on Donald Young.

Wins for both players would see each of them just one win away from facing each other in the semi-final.

The exit of Juan Martin del Potro plus the withdrawal of Robin Soderling has made Murray’s route to the semi-final slightly easier – he will play John Isner or Gilles Simon in the quarter-final.

Nadal will face either David Ferrer or Andy Roddick in his quarter-final and both players will be favoured to progress on to a semi-final clash.

With Nadal’s cramps there will be plenty of Murray fans willing to take the Spaniard on but at the moment, Nadal looks the better bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.