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US Open: The Underdogs

Posted 07-20-2011 at 12:00 PM by Philip Oliver
The Grand Slams are usually dominated by the big name players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have 26 Grand Slam titles between them, so it is very rare to see one of the absolute elite not win the tournament. The last time Federer, Nadal or Novak Djokovic did not win a Grand Slam was the US Open in 2009 with Juan Martin Del Potro.

Before that was Marat Safin all the way back in 2005 at the Australian Open. When this does happen, it is a great surprise to many but as a great joy for the neutral spectator to see the best conquered. With the US Open coming up, we look at two of the best chances to get behind to topple Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. Those looking at the 2011 US Open men's betting should consider their chances.

Nobody in the world feels as much pressure as Andy Murray does at Wimbledon; having an entire nation behind you can be a double-edged sword. But moving to the US Open frees the Scot from the expectations and allows him to play more freely. While many may not consider Murray to be an underdog, having not yet won a Grand Slam is a huge burden to carry and, until he finally does, he will not be considered favourite. The hard court seems to suit Murray best, appearing in the Finals of the US and Australian Opens but has never jumped the final hurdle as those following the tennis betting online will know. Can he finally live up to his potential?

David Ferrer, the world number six, should not to be forgotten when Grand Slams come around, especially during the clay and hard court seasons. In 2007, the Spaniard made it to the Semi Finals of the US Open, beating Rafael Nadal before losing to Novak Djokovic. He is a smart player who definitely has the capabilities. This year could see more success on the hard court for him as he reached the Semi Finals of the Australian Open where he lost to Murray but again beat Nadal on his way.
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