This year’s US Open has started in phenomenal fashion, with big name casualties already occurring over the opening couple of days. On Day 4, British fans will be hoping that Andy Murray avoids a similar fate.
The world number three takes on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino as he looks to edge one step closer to a fifth straight quarter-final appearance. The action will be screened live on Sky Sports and we wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.
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Andy Murray V Adrian Mannarino Preview
After despatching Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios in round one, Britain’s top player will be confident about sealing his place in round three with a similarly confident display. In truth, he should face no major trouble against the world number 35.
Mannarino is a decent player, as he showed against Konstantin Kravchuk in round one. However, the 27-year-old has never progressed beyond round three at Flushing Meadows and his journey is likely to come to an ending in the second round here. Additionally, the Frenchman has already dropped out of the other three Grand Slams before the third round in 2015.
The two have met once this year, with Murray claiming a 6-3, 6-3 win at the Indian Wells Masters. It should be a similarly comfortable day for the Scottish superstar.
It should be easy pickings for the 2012 champion, who will be eager to seal his progress in minimal time. Let’s hope that’s exactly what he does.
Elsewhere On Day 4
While British fans will be focused on Murray, there are a number of other noteworthy matches to look forward to on Day 4 as round two comes to a close.
In the Men’s draw, Swiss superstars Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka will both be expected to ease through against inferior opposition while the likes of Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet should also enjoy easy second round encounters.
However, there should be some much closer encounters thrown in too. In particular, we’re looking forward to seeing Nicolas Mahut face off against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Meanwhile, we’ll also have an eye on Lleyton Hewitt in what could be his last ever match in New York.
Over in the Women’s draw, we’ll be treated to some equally fascinating matches as Garbine Muguruza takes on British starlet Johanna Konta while Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova are among those expected to progress in style.
All in all, it should be another cracking day of action from Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Bring it on!
Andy Murray V Adrian Mannarino Betting
Unsurprisingly, Andy Murray enters this second round contest as the overwhelming favourite and is priced just 1/80 to seal his place in round three with Bet365. Meanwhile, Adrian Mannarino is available at 22/1 to cause a major upset.
In truth, it would be a real surprise if Murray doesn’t win in straight sets. The Brit is the better player by far and his class should shine through from start to the finish.
Murray should underline his superiority early on. We’d expect him to gain a couple of breaks in the opening set, which is why we’re backing Mannarino to register under 3.5 games in those early exchanges.
Adrian Mannarino 1st set games Under 3.5 @ 10/11 with Paddy Power
Our second bet of the day comes from Bet365’s tennis acca promotion. We’re backing four selections with hopes of gaining a 10% bonus.
We’ve gone for two men and two women. Straight wins – simple as that.
Ivo Karlovic, Viktor Troicki, Flavio Pennetta, and Sabine Lisicki all to win @ 2.39/1 + 10% bonus with Bet365