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Former world number one Pete Sampras believes Andy Murray will be the man to beat when the US Open begins next month in New York.

The Scot returns to Flushing Meadows as the defending champion after becoming the first British male to win a Grand Slam since 1936, as he defeated Novak Djokovic in an epic five setter to finally break his duck after numerous close calls.

Things have only continued to improve for Murray, with him claiming the Wimbledon title earlier this month, again beating the Serb in the final.

The world number two will now expect to be a huge contender in New York and is favourite in the tennis betting, despite Djokovic still being at the top of the rankings.

Many punters who bet on tennis are expecting the Olympic champion to be the man to beat in the final major of the year.

Sampras knows exactly what it takes to win the sport’s biggest tournaments, having claimed 14 Grand Slam titles during his career, including five US Opens.

He also won seven Wimbledon title and although the American doesn’t expect Murray to dominate on the grass like he did in his career, he has backed him to add to his tally at SW19 in the future and believes the improvement he has made over the last 12 months means he is the man to beat in New York.

"This was Andy's time at Wimbledon. It was Andy's event to go and get and he did it,” Sampras said. “He's definitely the man to beat at the US Open. I think the biggest thing for me is Murray in the past 12 months has just stepped up.”

"Roger (Federer) and myself, our game on grass was so dominant. I think Murray can win some more and Novak Djokovic, but I don't think that dominant game is out there that's going to win it seven times. But I could be wrong," he added.
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