The fact that Novak Djokovic has not been knocked out of a Grand Slam by anyone other than Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray or Roger Federer since 2010 goes to show the size of the task awaiting Mikhail Youzhny in this US Open quarter final.
Djokovic’s appearance at this stage means that he has reached at least the quarter finals in all of the last 18 Grand Slams and it is hard to get excited about a quote of 1/33 that he sees off Mikhail Youzhny.
This is even more the case given that the Russian has won three of the eight career meetings between the two, which isn’t the form befitting of an 11/1 underdog in an event where there can only be two outcomes.
The shame for Youzhny is that this Grand Slam isn’t played indoors or that there is the option of adding a roof at Flushing Meadows like there is at Wimbledon, as each of his three victories have arrived on indoor hard courts.
Djokovic has triumphed in each of the three played outside on the surface, but he did drop a set in the most recent to be contested.
Furthermore, Youzhny also took a set in the only showdown between the pair in 2013 and this creates an appeal in three markets ahead of this quarter final.
Youzhny is 2/1 to win at least one set in the US Open betting, although preference is for the 10/3 that Djokovic reaches the semi finals on the back of a 3-1 victory.
Alternatively, 8/11 looks enticing value that the match features over 28.5 games, which is virtually guaranteed should Youzhny force a fourth set or is even possible should he lose 3-0 in fairly tight sets.
The fact that Djokovic won 25 service points on the bounce at the start of his victory over Marcel Granollers in the last round is also a reason why the 3/10 that the Serb is the first player in this match to hold serve to love looks banker material.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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