Novak Djokovic is 1/8 to defeat the world ranked 108 on Arthur Ashe tonight, but his opponent is James Blake, a man who in 2006 was the world’s fourth best player.
The reason behind Blake’s dramatic slide down the rankings are his struggles with a right-knee injury this season, but media talk of a possible retirement seems to have spurred Blake into action as the support from his fellow New Yorkers drives him on.
“If I go out there, and I start dictating, I feel like I have a good shot,” said Blake, the 9/2 shot, “But there’s also a good shot that he comes out and plays great tennis and proves why he’s number three in the world right now.”
The two have only met once in the 2008 Beijing Olympics where Djokovic ran out a 2-0 winner, but in front of the American crowd, Djokovic will find Blake a sterner test and is 9/4 to win 3-1.
Whilst hopes of an American champion in James Blake may be far-fetched, the US crowd will be looking forward to Mardy Fish continuing his fine form when he takes on Arnaud Clement later today.
Clement holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Fish and he can’t be ruled out, especially at 4/1, but Fish is in tremendous form on the hard court winning one title and narrowly missing out on another to Roger Federer.
Fish is 5/6 to win in straight sets but a lack of concentration, like he displayed in his first round match will be dangerous against Clement and the value is in Fish winning 3-1 at 12/5.
Gael Monfils and Janko Tipsarevic is the most even match-up of the third round and the last time these two met, it went the distance and the same is expected today where you can back either at 9/2 to win in three sets.
Roger Federer is 1/50 to win his match with Paul Henri-Mathieu. See the full US Open tennis betting market here.