US Open: Day 1

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US Open Day 1

The final major of the season kicks off tonight but what seemed as a one horse race a few months ago has turned into a wide open tournament. Less than 3 months ago there was Novak Djokovic and then daylight in men’s tennis but some uncharacteristic results combined with the resurgence of Andy Murray has changed things.

Novak is in the tougher part of the draw while Murray will walk his way into the quarter finals. A early loss to Novak could see things really take a turn. The US Open is known for producing first time major winners. For 8 of the last 14 different winners here it has been their first grand slam title. Sampras, Rafter, Safin, Hewitt, Roddick, Del Potro, Murray and Cilic all won their first slam at the US Open. Could we see another first time winner…

The Wolf breaks down Day 1.

Feature Previews

Rafael Nadal v Denis Istomin
The Wolf doesn’t think Rafa can claim a 15th grand slam in New York but he says that he will get off to the best start possible. Nadal has made very light work of Istomin in the past, winning all four of their encounters and dropping just a single set along the way. He has bageled Istomin in each of their last two meetings and his heavy top spin is a nightmare for him to deal with. Istomin is one of the flattest ball hitters on the tour and has extreme struggles dealing with ball bouncing at or above shoulder height. Rafa will break him down and win very comfortably. Straight sets is the bet of the year!
Tip: Sets Nadal 3-0 ($1.57)

Gael Monfils v Gilles Muller
Muller had a red hot run on the grass courts but the wins have been much harder to come by on the American hard courts. The same cannot be said about Monfils who had a title winning run in Washington and backed it up with a semi finals appearance at the Toronto Masters. Monfils posted a comfortable 7-5 6-0 win when they met earlier this season and this is a tournament in which the big serving Muller has not performed well in the past. He has lost in the opening round hear in the last two years and The Wolf is predicting big things from the Frenchman.
Tip: Monfils -4.5 ($1.80)

US Open – Day 1 Tips
Match Tips
Edmund v Gasquet Sets Gasquet 3-0 ($2.20)
Benneteau v Ramos-Vinolas Over 39.5 games ($1.83)
Dutra Silva v Cilic Under 27.5 games ($1.73)
Youzhny v Klizan Youzhny WIN ($2.10)
Bellucci v Kuznetsov Bellucci WIN ($2.20)
Thompson v Darcis Steve Darcis WIN ($1.50)
Fuscovics v Almagro Almagro -3.5 ($1.83)
Monfils v Muller Monfils -4.5 ($1.80)
Isner v Tiafoe Over 37.5 games ($1.83)
Nadal v Istomin Sets Nadal 3-0 ($1.57)
Nishioka v Anderson Sets Anderson 3-1 ($3.60)
Baghdatis v Bagnis Bagnis +8.5 ($2.00)
Paire v Lajovic Lajovic +3.5 ($1.83)
Sela v Cuevas Under 37.5 games ($1.83)
Tsonga v Andreozzi Tsonga -7.5 ($1.73)
Mannarino v Harrison Harrison WIN ($1.57)
Duckworth v Haase Haase WIN ($1.91)
Pouille v Kukushkin Sets Pouille 3-0 ($2.38)
Garcia-Lopez v Bautista-Agut Bautista-Agut -6.5 ($1.83)
Sock v Fritz Fritz WIN ($3.50)
Djokovic v Janowicz Over 26.5 games ($1.67)
Brown v Raonic Over 31.5 games ($1.91)

Futures Preview and Tips