Serena Williams just four wins from history
The US Open has reached the last 16 stage and there are some intriguing fourth round matches to look forward to. In the women’s tournament Serena Williams’ bid for a calendar Grand Slam is still on while the surprise package of the tournament has been Britain’s Johanna Konta.
In the men’s event the big names are all still standing and the prospect of a Djokovic v Federer final continues to tantalise. Keep reading for our US Open fourth round preview.
Pre-tournament favourites continue to lead the men’s US Open betting
With the exception of a scare for Andy Murray and the early elimination of last year’s beaten finalist it has been relatively straightforward for the top seeds in this year’s US Open.
Murray had to fight back to beat Adrian Mannarino in the second round but looked much better in his straight sets victory over 30th seed Thomas Bellucci in round three. Murray faces a tricky match in round four as he faces 15th seed Kevin Anderson and the South African has matched his best performance at a Grand Slam by reaching the last 16.
Anderson hit 17 aces in his win over Dominic Thiem but also 33 unforced errors. Murray has won their two previous Grand Slam meetings and the third seed should prevail at 3/25.
Novak Djokovic has lost just 23 games in the tournament so far and has cruised into the second week without alarm. With Rafael Nadal having been eliminated his path to the final looks pretty straightforward and he is just 1/100 to beat Roberto Bautista Agut. Djokovic’s likely main rival in the top half of the draw is now the reigning champion Marin Cilic who overcame Mikhail Kukushkin in five sets and is 1/2 to beat 27th seed Jeremy Chardy.
Surprise package Benoit Paire is 49/20 to keep up his excellent run with a win over compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga while Nadal’s conqueror Fabio Fognini is 11/10 to beat Feliciano Lopez.
Roger Federer has breezed into the second week without losing a set although he faces a tricky challenge in round four in the shape of the big American John Isner. Federer has a 4-1 record over the 13th seed although the pair haven’t met since 2012. Federer is 1/10 but there is some value in Isner at 28/5.
Richard Gasquet looks superb value at 12/5 to beat Tomas Berdych while Stan Wawrinka is 3/25 to beat the unseeded American Donald Young.
Just two of the world’s top 10 remain in the women’s event
While the big guns continue to dominate the men’s event the women’s tournament has been as unpredictable as ever. Just two of the WTA top ten have made it through to the second week and there are five unseeded women left in the draw.
From a British point of view it’s a delight that one such unseeded player is Johanna Konta. Konta is on an astonishing run of 16 consecutive wins and has already disposed of Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza and 18th seed Andrea Petkovic on her way to the last 16.
Konta’s next opponent is former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova who won’t fancy facing the confident Brit. The fifth seed should win at 2/5 but there will be plenty of backing for the Brit at 15/4.
Just as she did at Wimbledon, Serena Williams has been forced to scrap hard to stay in the tournament. The top seed survived a scare against Bethanie Mattek-Sands in round three and will face a really tough match against her compatriot Madison Keys in the last 16. Keys overcame Agnieska Radwanska in round three and is 15/4 to cause a huge upset.
Venus Williams had an excellent win over the talented and in-form Belinda Bencic in round three and faces qualifier Anett Kontaveit for a place in the quarter finals. The elder Williams should win at 1/5 and potentially set up a last eight meeting with her sister.
After a terrible 2015 it’s good to see Eugenie Bouchard‘s confidence coming back and the Canadian has won three consecutive matches for the first time since January. The 25th seed is 29/20 to beat Roberta Vinci. Ekaterina Makarova should beat the unseeded Kristina Mladenovic at 4/7 while 20th seed Victoria Azarenka is 3/25 to beat Varvara Lepchenko.
Simona Halep has progressed easily to the last 16 although the Romanian is yet to face a seeded player. She is 2/9 to beat 24th seed Sabine Lisicki while 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur is 21/20 to beat Flavia Pennetta.
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