Roger Federer is back at the top of the tennis tree where he belongs and has to be taken at 6-4 for his sixth US Open title at Flushing Meadow next week.
Everyone keeps waiting on Andy Murray to win his first Grand Slam but each time, he finds either Federer of Rafael Nadal being a bridge too far.
The US Open, it’s said, is Murray best chance but I’ve the feeling that he’s doomed never to win a Grand Slam.
He will always have triumphs on the ordinary tour events and get probably, to the penultiamte stages or even a final, before disappoining his legion of fans.
And while Federer and Nadal are still around, that likely to be the continuing story.
Murray was easily beaten by the Swiss king-pin in the Cincinati Masters which Federer went on to win, brushing aside Novak Djokovic who is a generous 12-1 for Flusing Meadows and appeals each way as it pays half the odds to reach the final.
Murray is second favourite at 11-4 but like Djokovic, failed to take a set off ‘Fed the Express’ who is set to steam his way to another major title.
On the women’s front, it is difficult to look past the Williams sisters with Wimbledon champion Serena installed at 2-1 and Venus at 5-1.
Let’s go for a repeat of the Wimbledon results and double up on Federer and Serena.
US Open prices Men’s singles: 6-4 Federer; 11-4 Murray; 7-1 Nadal; 10-1 Del Potro; 12-1 Djokovic; 14-1 Roddick; 33-1 bar.
Women’s singles: 2-1 S Williams; 5-1 V Williams; 9-1 Dementieva; 10-1 Sharapova; 12-1 Safina; 14-1 bar.