Eight months without a title probably seems like a lifetime for Roger Federer, but he ended his drought with a hard fought performance against a resilient Mardy Fish in Cincinnati last night – proving to his doubters that he’s ready for another major title.
It wasn’t a performance to silence his critics, overhit ground strokes and poor net play allowing Fish to take the first set 6-7, but there were several glimpses from the Federer of old on his way to a 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 victory to suggest that his odds of 9/4 for victory in the US Open are justified.
Although Federer thinks the winner will come from the top four, Fish’s form from the past few tournaments, beating Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, proves that the 33/1 available is worth an each way bet for the Flushing Meadows title.
Fish is flying. Last night’s defeat ended a run of five successive victories against top 10 players, having won 22 of his 26 matches since June. He will climb to 21 in the ranking list today and cannot be ruled out for a shot at his first major title.
Nadal’s form on the hard courts in recent weeks, a semi-final loss to Fish in Cincinnati and a semi-final loss to Murray in Toronto, means his short odds of 11/4 aren’t enticing, but the world number one is a tough competitor and will feature in the latter stages of the tournament.
However, Federer has reached the final of two tournaments in as many weeks and must be considered by punters looking to bet on the US Open.
Mardy Fish is 33/1 for the US Open title and is worth backing each way based on his current form. See the full US Open tennis market here.