Posted by Barrie on Friday, 28 August 2009

Andy Murray heads into this year's US Open on a high

The 2009 US Open starts on Monday with both of last years Champions, Roger Federer and Serena Williams coming into this year's tournaments as favourites, unsurprisingly.

With Rafael Nadal's knee playing up before Wimbledon, Roger Federer took full advantage when he went all the way to regain the world number 1 spot. The Spaniard, now world number 3 following Andy Murray's run of form is some way short of regaining his form that saw him dominate men's tennis for nearly a year as world number 1. This is the only Grand Slam missing from Nadal's collection following his Australian Open victory back in January, against Roger Federer. He's not coming into this tournament in any real form and is very unlikely to win it in my opinion.

Roger Federer is rightfully the favourite, but as 5/4 favourite there isn't a great deal of value on him... except that he has won the last 5 tournaments here! Beyond that, in-form Andy Murray, runner up here last year is at 11/4 to go one better this year. Juan Martin Del Potro is very good on this surface as he looks to win his first Grand Slam title. The fourth favourite is at a handsome 11/1 that can be arbed should he make it into the final few rounds. World number 4 Novak Djokovic is at 13/1 and home favourite Andy Roddick who has been at the top of his game this year is at 14/1.

In the women's draw, last year's Champion, and this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, Serena Williams is at 2/1. There's nothing to suggest she won't add this one to her crown and is worth backing from the beginning, even though she faces the up-and-coming Alexa Glatch in the opening round. Her sister Venus is the second favourite for this year's tournament and can be found at 13/2 with totesport. Last year's runner up Jelena Jankovic is way back at 14/1 and is unlikely to go one further this year. The outsider has to be Maria Sharapova at an attractive 10/1. The Russian who had a long spell on the sidelines over the past 12 months has been back on form since the French Open, and was runner up at last week's Rogers Cup event in Canada. Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina seem a little underpriced with their Grand Slam records, but all these odds will be sure to shorten substantially should Serena fall.

Premiership Tips' very own Tennis Tipster is back to provide you with daily tips on this year's US Open.

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