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Murray can take one step closer to Grand Slam Glory

by Josh Powell | September 4, 2012

GOLDEN BALLS: The Olympic champ is in his eighth straight Grand Slam quarter-final

There will be plenty of Andy Murray fans who will tell you that this is the best chance he’s ever had of reaching the mountain top and winning a Grand Slam title. But there will be many who will point out that with a possible semi-final against Rodger Federer and potential final against reigning champion Novak Djokovic, Murray will once again return home disappointed.

Murray will have gone into this tournament full of confidence after winning gold at London 2012. But in all honesty that was no competition to base form on. Federer looked like a man desperate for Murray to win at his home games and if the Scot had asked the world number one to lie down so he could tickle his belly it probably would have happened. Now we’re back on the professional tour there is no chance the Olympic champ will have it so easy.

His quarter-final opponent is Marin Cilic and Andy Murray goes into the contest as the red-hot 1/9 favourite. The odds reflect the fact that in seven meetings between these two, Murray has come out on top on six occasions and his performances so far in this tournament have given fans plenty of reason to believe this is his tournament.

Murray’s last two matches have shown different sides of a player that could be a Grand Slam champion. In his third round game he showed his mental strength and bottle to beat Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 3-1 in sets, with each of his three winning sets going to tie-breaks. Critics have often questioned Murray’s ability to hold his nerve and composure at the crucial time but he fended off the world number 30 in a battling display.

His fourth round match was very different and Murray showed his quality beating Milos Raonic in straight sets. The 25-year-old put in an impressive performance, winning 88% of his first serve points and pulling out some delightful shots.

But Murray will be wary of his quarter-final opponent. Three years ago at Flushing Meadows Cilic came out on top in straight sets in a surprise victory over Murray. The 23-year-old is 6/1 to repeat that feat this time around.

Andy beat Cilic in straight sets when the pair faced off at Wimbledon earlier this year and Britain’s number one beat the Croatian in straight sets. It’s 4/6 with Paddy Power for that to happen again.

Murray is 7/2 to lift the US Open trophy at the end of the week and end the pain of never winning a major title. It will be a very difficult five days for the Scot. His journey begins with a tough test against Marin Cilic and could end with an even harder match against the reigning champ.

Murray may be enjoying the competition so far but the same can’t be said for Paddy Power. Paddy is refunding pre-match losing single bets if the game goes to a tie-break in the final set. Just over a week in to the competition and Paddy has had to refund to punters a whopping 23 times! With plenty of matches still to go it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Paddy emptying his pockets again.

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