By Josh Powell | US Open 2013 betting
Brush the dust off your Union Jack flag, stick the bunting up around your windows and pray that Scotland don’t dramatically push through any kind of independence deal in the next fortnight. For the time being at least, Andy Murray is the British Wimbledon Champ and we can continue to cheer him on as he heads across the pond for the US Open.
It was in this tournament last year that Andy Murray gave his critics a thumping kick in the balls, beating Novak Djokovic in a five-set final to become the first Brit since Fred Perry to win a Grand Slam title. The knock-out blow came just two months ago when Murray ended a 76-year drought, beating the Serb at SW19 to become Wimbledon champ as well.
The good news for Murray fans, is that the Wimbledon winner’s success rate at the US Open in the same year, is almost as easy on the eye as Maria Sharapova.
- In the last 20 years, the Wimbledon winner has gone on to win the US Open 40 per cent of the time
- 65 per cent of the time the SW19 champ makes at least the semi-finals of the US Open
- 80 per cent of the last 20 US Open winners had been in the final of Wimbledon
Looking at the last 20 years of trends it is very positive for Mr Murray. The chances of either Wimbledon finalist – Murray (7/2) or Djokovic (9/4) – winning the US Open looks as likely as Tim Henman building all our hopes up before collapsing in the semi-final of a Major when his opponent works out how to play against the old ‘serve and volley’.
In the last nine years, the Wimbledon winner has gone on to win the US Open six times which, like the latest American comedy E4 are dragging out, isn’t quite as impressive as it looks. That’s because the stats are massively skewed by Roger Federer’s period of dominance between 2004 and 2007 when he won every Wimbledon and US Open title.
Despite getting stunned in the first round at Wimbledon, Rafa Nadal is the 2/1 favourite for his first US Open title since 2010, but nobody who went out in the first round of SW19 has gone on to win in New York in the last 20 years.
Three players, including Juan Martin Del Potro in 2009, went out in the second round at Wimbledon before winning the US Open, but nobody has gone on to win in America after falling at Wimbledon’s first hurdle.
Murray’s defence of the US Open title begins on Monday against Michael Llodra. Not since 1996 and Richard Krajicek, has the Wimbledon Champ gone out of the US Open in the first round so you can expect Judy Murray to still be shouting at her son come quarter-final time.