It’s judgement day for Andy Murray at Flushing Meadows. The Scot comes up against reigning US Open champion Novak Djokovic in the final and attempts to end the 76-year wait for a British Grand Slam winner.
Murray, who has recently reached the Wimbledon final and then gone on to win gold at London 2012, is coming in to the match full of confidence and has had an extra days rest than the Serb. But his bottle and nerve will be tested to the full as he tries to overcome his Grand Slam hoodoo. Djokovic is on a 27-match unbeaten streak in hard court Grand Slams and is the 2/5 favourite for the title. Murray is 15/8 to be crowned champion in tonight’s clash.
Frank Lampard may have missed Euro 2012 but he is back in the England set-up and has told the Sun newspaper there is no chance of him hanging up his international boots. The 34-year-old scored twice in the Three Lion’s 5-0 win away in Moldova and the Chelsea star has repaid manager Roy Hodgson’s faith. England are 2/5 to beat Ukraine tomorrow in another World Cup qualifier and continue their momentum on the road to Rio 2014. The Ukraine suffered defeat at the hands of Hodgson’s team at the Euro’s after a dubious ‘did it cross the line’ goal was wrongly chalked off. They are 7/1 to gain some revenge.
Meanwhile John Terry is set to miss the England game but has been vowed to be fit to take on QPR at the weekend. Despite an ankle injury JT is adament he wants to come face to face with Anton Ferdinand after the Chelsea skipper was cleared of racially abusing him in a court case in July. There will be a heated atmosphere when QPR take on Chelsea and no doubt there will be some kind of handshake incident if Terry makes the game. Chelsea are 4/6 to continue their good start to the season and make it four wins from four.
The NFL continues tonight with two games to enjoy after a weekend of jam-packed action. The Cincinnati Bengals travel to face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. It’s a thrilling derby and last season the Ravens won all six of their AFC North derbies so will be coming in to this clash full of confidence. They are evens to win and cover the 7.5 handicap.
Elsewhere the San Diego Raiders are at the Oakland Chargers in what looks set to be a very close contest. San Diego have won on seven of their last eight visits to the Chargers and their class running back Darren McFadden could be the key in tonight’s contest. The Chargers are evens to win the game.
Racing today comes from Bath, Newcastle, Newton Abbot and Galway.
In The Sun newspaper top-tipster Templegate is napping Almost Gemini in the 3.00pm at Newcastle. The Roger Varian trained three-year-old has had three runs but is yet to score a victory.
‘It is written in the stars that Almost Gemini will win’, says Templegate. ‘He has not been knocked about so far in three runs over ten furlongs and is bred to relish today’s big hike in trip. This modest handicap mark looks a gift from Mystic Meg’.