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Roddick keeps an eye on US Open as he targets Atlanta triumph

| 22.07.2010

Andy Roddick should waste little in time in seeing off the challenge of fellow American Rajeev Ram at the Atlanta Tennis Championships.

You can bet on Roddick to win in straight sets at a very convincing 1/6, while you can back a surprise win for Ram at the price of 8/1.

The 26-year-old Ram, who is ranked 149th in the world, lost to Roddick in straight sets at Wimbledon last month, and he is unlikely to pose his opponent too many problems in Atlanta.

Roddick’s routine win at SW19 was the only meeting between the two players, and the world number nine should be similarly ruthless as he targets the Atlanta title, which he is 11/10 to win.

With the US Open just over a month away, Roddick will be looking to hone his hard court skills ahead of the final Grand Slam of the year.

Roddick’s only Grand Slam title to date is his 2003 US Open triumph, and he is 14/1 to win for a second time at Flushing Meadows this year.

Lleyton Hewitt is another player who may have an outside chance of success at the US Open, and the Australian is in action against Lukas Lacko in Atlanta.

Hewitt has never faced Lacko before, and he is 3/1 to defeat the 22-year-old Slovakian in three sets.

Tour veteran Xavier Malisse is also in action, and the Belgian player is 8/13 to beat Ilya Marchenko, though the 22-year-old Ukrainian could be a threat.

Marchenko has risen to a ranking of 67, just 10 places behind Malisse, and he is 6/5 to claim a win against his experienced opponent.

Could Malisse go all the way? He is 25/1 to win the Atlanta event. See the full Atlanta Tennis Championships market.

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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.