World number four Andy Murray limped out of the US Open last night as Stansilav Wawrinka produced his finest tennis of the year to topple British hopes of a first Grand Slam victory.
Many thought Murray’s main opponent in his search for his maiden Grand Slam victory would be a star from Switzerland, however few predicted Wawrinka would supersede Federer as Murray’s nemesis.
Warwinka, 50/1 to win the US Open, started strongly, leading 5-2 in the first set, before a mini Murray comeback saw him take the first set in a tie-break before leading 5-3 in the second.
But Wawrinka continued to rip winners against the Murray serve, 13 breaks of serve occurred during the match, and Murray’s indecisiveness cost him as Warwinka took control, eventually winning 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Wawrinka heads into the fourth round with a tie against American Sam Querrey, the American has been cut to 25/1 to victor in front of his home crowd after a series of impressive wins but lost to the Swiss in their only meeting.
If Querrey is to win he has the luck of the draw on his side, avoiding the top three seeds in the next round, with Mikhael Youzhny a likely quarter-final opponent.
However it’s likely Rafael Nadal will await either opponent in the semi-final and the Spaniard is flying under the radar with a series of hard-fought straight set wins, he is 11/8 to triumph in the final and win his first US Open.
Nadal isn’t at his best on the hard courts, even so he is still strong enough to progress to the final. See the full US Open tennis betting market here.