‘Potential Grand Slam winner’, Andy Murray remains a potential Grand Slam winner, but one who is a step closer to a victory after booking his place in the quarter-finals of the US Open. The Scot beat Canadian Milos Raonic in straight sets to book a last eight appointment with Marin Cilic. The Croatian also won his 4th round match in straight sets, but as it was against world number 52, Martin Klizan, no-one should be getting too worried.
Fans of the unrelated omen with a fondness for the glass half empty outlook will be a little concerned that the Croatian knocked Murray out of the 2009 US Open, but in reality, Murray is a far better and far more consistent now. Without wanting to heap the pressure on him, Murray is the hot 1/10 favourite to win tomorrow’s match and 7/2 to take his excessive fist-pumping and on-court swearing all the way to the first major of his career.
Whilst being a potential Grand Slam winner isn’t too difficult, turning it into an actual win is going to be harder especially as Novak Djokovic (11/10 favourite) and Roger Federer (2/1) remain in the New York tournament. The defending champion, Djokovic faces Stanislas Wawrinka at some stage today and is 1/20 to progress, whilst old man Federer was handed a walkover thanks to Mardy Fish’s withdrawal due to doctor’s advice. The Fed Express gets a chance to put his feet up, watch Countdown and enjoy some Rich Tea biscuits before taking on Tomas Berdych on Wednesday.
In the women’s event, Serena Williams looks on course for US Open number four. She bagelled Andrea Hlavackova to secure a quarter-final place. The whole thing was wrapped up in 57 minutes, roughly the same amount of time it takes for Rafa Nadal to do his OCD pre-match water-bottle routine. Serena will face Ana Ivanovic in the last eight who is defying the theory her career died a couple of years back with some excellent tennis. The Serbian’s last appearance in the quarter-final of a Grand Slam came in 2008 when she went on to win the French Open.
Maria Sharapova is also doing some defying of her own, putting a series of disappointing displays at Flushing Meadows behind her. She’s reached a US Open quarter-final for the first time since winning it in 2006. She’s heavily favoured to beat Marion Bartoli later today, but it won’t be easy. The other quarter-final looks like the headline attraction with world number one, Victoria Azarenka, taking on defending champion Samantha Stosur.
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Rory McIlroy won the Deutsche Bank Championship last night to make himself even richer and even more world number one. He overhauled Louis Oosthuizen’s three shot lead at the top of the leaderboard with an excellent final round of 67 before showing an almost savant like knowledge of his PGA Tour wins.
“I’m delighted to get my fifth win on the PGA Tour, third win this year, second win in the last three events,” he said, probably taking the wind out of the sails of the interviewer who had dutifully prepared that information in advance. Tiger Woods continued his path to pretending he can be as good as he used to be by finishing two shots off the lead.
With several other US players finishing strongly, it gives Davis Love III something of a headache as he finalise his Ryder Cup team. The captain has four wild card picks to make with seven golfers having legitimate claims for a place on the team for the ‘get-in-the-hole-fest’ at Medinah later this month. According to the odds, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker are the players who will get to chance to show off their wives and antagonise Europeans in four weeks time.
Cristiano Ronaldo is sad at Real Madrid and it’s a sorrow that no-one knows how to fix. Although it’s thought bags of money from another club or Jose Mourinho bumping up his pay cheque to even more ludicrous levels will chase the clouds away.
Clubs with more money than sense have been put on alert with the news CR7 isn’t overly happy in La Liga, but it’s funny that this as happened now and not a few days earlier when he actually could have been shipped out should someone have made the right offer.