Scotland V England Saturday 24th February. 4:45PM. BBC One Scotland v England renew their rivalry…
The dream might be over for Andy Murray but that doesn’t mean the action is over and the city that never sleeps should serve up some equally entertaining tennis tonight.
With the end in sight for those remaining few, the competition is becoming intense. Expect fireworks over the coming days.
US Open Day 10 Review
British tennis fans would have had to stay up all night to catch Andy Murray’s quarter-final clash with Novak Djokovic and they were ultimately left disappointed as the Brit fell to the World No.1 in four sets, just as we predicted.
Whilst Murray may have been unable to provide the dream result, it was still a fantastic spectacle and supporters were treated to another masterclass from the Serb, who booked an eight consecutive semi-final in the process.
Once again, as has been the problem throughout 2014. Murray’s body seemed to let him down as he battled with both cramp and back pains during the encounter. The No.8 seed had started quite strongly but a cerebral Djokovic was ready to pounce as soon as those cracks appeared.
Djokovic will meet Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the last four after the No.10 seed knocked out Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka with an entertaining triumph over five sets. It will be the 24-year-old’s first ever Grand Slam semi-final appearance and signals his ascent to the next level. Nevertheless, the odds will be stacked against him against the two-time champion.
In the Women’s event, Serena Williams took another step towards defending her crown with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy’s Flavia Pennetta. The American starlet has yet to drop a single set and looks in truly formidable form.
However, her semi-final clash against Ekaterina Marakova could prove a difficult challenge. The Russian has already tasted victory over Serena at this year’s US Open as she and partner Elena Vesnina knocked the Williams sisters out of the Doubles.
Marakova booked her place in the semi-final with a stunning 6-4, 6-2 win over Victoria Azarenka and wil be in high spirits as she prepares for her first ever Singles semi-final.
We’ve hit the business end at Flushing Meadows now and every contest is a truly fascinating prospect. Today’s offering should be no different.
Berdych And Federer Aiming For Last Four
If yesterday’s opening two quarter-finals are anything to go by then fans at the Arthur Ashe Stadium could be in for another treat with today’s offering from the Men’s event.
The highlight of the day sees Roger Federer attempt to book his place in yet another Grand Slam semi-final as he takes on Gael Monfils. However, the Swiss superstar must be careful of the No.20 seed who has been in exceptional form over the past 10 days.
A straight sets win over Grigor Dimitrov in the previous round is a perfect example of Monfils level of performance so far in New York and the Frenchman certainly has the ability to worry Federer. Nevertheless, the sport’s most decorated man will be expected to overcome this tricky test.
Before that, though, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic do battle to claim the fourth and final semi-final spot. A place in the last four would be a good achievement for either player and each man will be equally confident.
Cilic has arguably had the harder route to this stage but Berdych has looked very dominant during the previous rounds and could enter the match-up as the fresher athlete due to his relatively short contests. Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling encounter.
In the Men’s Doubles there is a massive semi-final as No.1 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan take on fellow Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram. The 15-time Grand Slam winning twins will be looking to steal back their title after surrendering it last year and the Flushing Meadows crowd wil be eager to see them perform.
Fans of an older generation may also be interested in the exhibition match as John McEnroe teams up with James Blake to face Jim Courier and Mats Wilander in what should be an entertaining spectacle.
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US Open Tennis Day 11 Betting
At this stage of the tournament, no match is easy. It is that sentiment that dictates our first pick for tonight’s action.
Make no mistake, we think Federer will win his quarter-final against Mofils. However, the Frenchman has been brilliant so far and is yet to drop a set. He has the ability to give the No.2 seed a real run for his money – whilst we think he’ll fall just short, he is more than capable of beating the handicap line.
Gael Monfils + 5.5 games is 5/6 with Paddy Power
In the Women’s Doubles, Marakova and Vesnina will be hopeful of booking their place in the final and we’re backing them to coast past the challenge of Kimiko Date-Krumm and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
The Russian pair have dropped just one set en route to the last four and they can claim another easy triumph here.
Marakova/Vesnina to win 2-0 is Evens with Paddy Power