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Well-again Murray to pass stern Anderson test and reach US Open quarters

07 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Well-again Murray to pass stern Anderson test and reach US Open quarters

It looks like the the world No. 3 is going to have to do things the hard way if he is to win his third Grand Slam

Andy Murray has already successfully navigated the unpredictable Nick Kyrgios, a five-set thriller and an ill-timed head cold so far at the US Open.

It is not going to get any easier if he is to claim the third Grand Slam of his career at Flushing Meadows this week.

The world No. 3 is likely to have to defeat three major winners – Novak Djokovic (final), Roger Federer (semis) and Stan Wawrinka (quarters) – to do so.

Before that, though, is a difficult fourth-round tie against Kevin Anderson.

5/1 – Kevin Anderson to beat Andy Murray

Murray has reached at least the quarter-finals of his last 18 Slams and will need to be close to his best if he is to extend that run to 19.

That is because his opponent – who famously came close to shocking Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon – is in the form of his life.

Anderson is a career-high 14th in the world rankings, having clinched his first win of the season at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina the week before the year’s final major.

The 29-year-old has continued that superb hard-court form in New York, reaching the round of 16 – already his joint-best finish at any of the four majors – for the loss of just one set.

3/1 – Kevin Anderson to win the first set against Andy Murray

Anderson is one of the tour’s most powerful players and has served the most aces – 69 – of anyone at the tournament.

Fortunately for Murray, returning is one of his strengths and he will aim to minimise the amount of free points he concedes when receiving.

The 28-year-old has been able to do so before, most recently in the final of Queen’s, where he won 6-3, 6-4 to extend his winning head-to-head record against the South African to 5-1.

Murray’s straight-sets triumph over Thomaz Bellucci on Saturday suggested he is well over the illness which – along with the stifling humidity – caused him to struggle against Adrian Mannarino.

But his meeting against the big-serving Anderson is more likely to resemble that second-round contest and he may have to demonstrate the same indefatigable battling qualities that enabled him to overturn a two-set deficit.

6/1 – Andy Murray to beat Kevin Anderson 3-2

Anderson took a set off Murray at the Miami Open in March and is capable of troubling him again, particularly in the day-time heat of the American summer.

But Murray’s superior physical prowess, big-match experience and general ability should secure his place in the last eight.

Even tougher encounters will await him from there.

Which is just how the well-again Murray – one of tennis’ most-impressive competitors – likes it.

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