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Though British tennis fans will all say the greatest thrill of all would be to see one of their own win a Wimbledon singles title, it’s at the US Open where we’ve had our best opportunities.
Twice in the last 14 years a British player has reached the final. Maybe if Andy Murray gets that far again this year it will be a case of third time lucky?
Canadian-born Greg Rusedski found it hard to shake off the accusation that he was a tennis mercenary during his early days as a naturalised Briton. But when he got through to the 1997 final, suddenly all British tennis fans were quick to adopt him as one of their own.
Like Rusedski, opponent Patrick Rafter was playing in his first US Open singles final, but he made the better start.
Rafter won the first two sets, 6-3 and 6-2, to take control of the match. Rusdedski, though, reduced the arrears when he took the third 6-4.
There was to be no reprieve for Rusedski, as Rafter closed out the match 7-5 in the fourth for the first of what would be two titles – he beat compatriot Mark Philippoussis the following year.
Fast forward 11 years, to 2008, and it was Andy Murray who carried British hopes into the final against Roger Federer.
The Scot knew he was up against it, as did the Tennis betting odds, with Federer having won the previous four US Open titles, and there was little he could do to stop the Swiss master in the first set as Federer won 6-2.
Murray had his chances in the second, before losing 7-5, and Federer sealed a fifth consecutive title at Flushing Meadows as he won the third set 6-2.
Murray’s chances this year can be assessed at Betfair US Open men’s betting but can the British bring success in the US?
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