Djokovic v Murray PreviewJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Action at The US Open heats up in the Men’s draw this week with world number one Novak Djokovic set to face Andy Murray in New York on Thursday.
Djokovic has now reached a remarkable 22nd consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals after overcoming German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 and is starting to firm as favourite for yet another Slam to add to his current collection of seven.
With the heat at New York’s Louis Armstrong stadium at times almost unbearable, Djokovic was happy with how his game was shaping up, while keeping one eye on his next opponent.
“You know, as we come closer and closer to the finish line, the matches will get tougher,” he said. “That’s where I will see where my game is and if I’m mentally strong enough to hold on.”
The next match will certainly be tougher as he meets Andy Murray who is returning to his best form after a back injury saw him hit a form slump earlier this year.
2013’s Wimbledon Champion came through his game against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga well and seems to be finding the power and accuracy which have deserted him since his operation.
Looking ahead to facing Djokovic, Murray said: “We have had a lot of long, tough matches with long rallies and I’m expecting another one. I have great memories of my last match against him here in the final (2012) and hopefully I can do the same. If I play well I have a chance.”
The bookies have Djokovic a very firm favourite and have priced him at 1/4 to advance to the semi-final while Murray is out at 29/10.
The smart money seems to be with the Serb, although with a 2-2 record in Grand Slam finals, there will be plenty of punters willing to take a chance on Murray’s Big Match Potential.