Andy Murray claims to be back near his best ahead of his US Open quarter-final clash against Novak Djokovic and the Scot will have to be true to his word to stand a chance of toppling the world number one according to Ladbrokes.
Following a scratchy season Murray ranks as the 11/4 outsider in New York, while the man who usurped him as Wimbledon champion is the 2/7 favourite to prevail and the 1/1 market leader to win the tournament.
Let’s hope tussle number 21 between two of tennis’ galacticos comes close to matching these three barnstormers of recent Slams:
Australian Open semi final 2012 – (Djokovic wins 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5)
Arguably the pairs’ greatest ever clash arrived on Rod Laver Arena in a semi-final rather than a final.
A match with more ebb and flow than the Pacific Ocean, this five-set epic lasted nearly five hours until the Serbian eventually broke Murray’s gallant resistance in the decider.
US Open final 2012 – (Murray wins 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2)
Murray didn’t have to wait long for his chance at redemption as he finally broke his Grand Slam duck at Flushing Meadows in another thriller.
Muzza put British fans through the mill to get there though having let a two-set lead evaporate in a hurry, only to dig way deep into his flagging reserves to close the match out with a bang.
Australian Open final 2013 – (Djokovic wins 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2)
The foes went toe-to-toe in the very next major final Down Under and this time it was Djokovic who exacted revenge though it could have been so different.
A set to the good Murray wasted numerous chances to extend the gap only to be caught out in a second-set tie break. The stuffing seemed to be knocked out of the Brit who went on to lose in four.
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