Scotland V England Saturday 24th February. 4:45PM. BBC One Scotland v England renew their rivalry…
There were times when it didn’t seem likely, but Britain’s Andy Murray is still going strong in this year’s final Grand Slam and he’ll be hoping to seal his place in week two at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as he takes on Tomaz Bellucci in round three.
Murray has good memories of the US Open, having reach each of the last four quarter-finals. Meanwhile, the Arthur Ashe Stadium was also the venue of his first Grand Slam title back in 2012. We’re not sure he can claim another in 2015, but he should at least beat the Brazilian.
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Andy Murray V Thomaz Bellucci Preview
It wasn’t an easy route to round three for the world number three, after he lost each of the first two sets to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. However, that near upset could kick the Scottish superstar into top gear and should fancy his chances against the World No.30 here.
Nonetheless, the left-handed Brazilian will be quietly optimistic. After all, he did beat the Scot in their only previous meeting back in 2011. On the other hand, it is worth noting that did come on a clay surface that Murray notoriously struggled with during his earlier years.
Bellucci will also be confident after winning all six sets that he’s played in New York so far. That included a straight sets win against fellow Brit James Ward in round one. Will the underdog have his day to book his first ever appearance in the fourth round?
The answer is probably no, but it should be a thrilling contest nonetheless. If the Brit starts like he finished round two, victory should be assured.
Elsewhere On Day 6
British hopes aren’t solely placed on Murray’s shoulders, though, as Johanna Konta looks to follow up her incredible second round win over Garbine Muguruza with a similar display against Andrea Petkovic.
Elsewhere in the women’s draw, there are some fantastic matches as Angelique Kerber faces Victoria Azarenka while Sara Errani takes on Samantha Stosur. Meanwhile, the likes of Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep will be expected to advance.
In the Men’s draw, Roger Federer faces a potential banana skin against Germany’s Philipp Kohlscreiber. Fellow Swiss start Stanislas Wawrinka should make easy pickings of Ruben Bemelmans while Richard Gasquet and Tomas Berdych will both be eager to join them in round four.
It should be another cracking day as week one comes to an end. Bring it on.
Andy Murray V Thomaz Bellucci Betting
As expected, Murray is the firm favourite to seal his place in round four and is priced just 1/25 to win the match with Bet365. Meanwhile, Bellucci is available @ 12s.
After suffering a major scare in his second round match against Mannarino, the Brit will be expected to respond in positive fashion. He is odds on to claim the match in straight sets, and we expect he’ll win at least one set via a huge scoreline.
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