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Home-Grown Hopes for the US Open

Posted 08-19-2011 at 10:36 AM by Philip Oliver
Though it hardly compares to the frustrating wait British tennis fans have had for a home player to win the Wimbledon singles, Americans feel another US men’s singles winner is long overdue.
There was a time when American players dominated the event. In fact, it has happened twice in the open era, firstly when Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe battled it out in the late 1970s and early ‘80s.

Connors won the first of his five singles titles in 1974, but there would be no all-US final until five years later when he overcame Vitas Gerulaitis.

The much-anticipated final between Connors and McEnroe, who won the title four times, never happened. But between them, they ensured the US had seven men’s singles champions in a row from 1978-84.

Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick gave the home crowd plenty to cheer in the 1990s and early 2000s.

For those involved in the US Open Men’s betting, Sampras was always a popular choice as he won five singles titles between 1990 and 2002, beating American opponents in four finals. He saw off Agassi to win his first US Open, and won a four-setter against Agassi in 1995.

“Pistol Pete” beat fellow American Michael Chang the following year, then won the last of his US Open singles titles when he edged Agassi again in 2002, winning in four sets.
Agassi did win two finals of his own, beating Michael Stich in 1994 and fellow American Todd Martin in 1999.

Andy Roddick added his name to the victory scroll in 2003 when he beat Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero, but that was the last time until now that an American player won the US Open.

Roddick is not alone in the US quest for glory as Mardy Fish joins him in the Betfair Tennis betting tips as a possible contender.

However, Roger Federer has twice thwarted the home crowd, beating Agassi in 2005 then winning his third US Open singles title the next year against Roddick.
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