Nadal vs Roddick: There’s hope for the American thanks to Miami
The weather may be dominating the headlines of the US Open but the American public should not forget that they have two countryman in the quarter-finals.
Ansy Murray takes on John Isner for a place in the semi-final today and the winner of that match will face either Rafael Nadal or Andy Roddick.
The home crowd will be cheering on Roddick when the two meet on Arthur Ashe stadium later today, and while Nadal is the 1/5 favourite, there can be plenty of hope surrounding Roddick’s chances.
Roddick may be 7/2 to win today but of the five hard court matches the two players have faced each other in the American has won three of them, including their last meeting in Miami last year.
Nadal may hold a dominant 6-3 head-to-head record over Roddick, but when it comes to the hard courts the American has shown the form capable of upsetting Nadal.
Nadal may be yet to drop a set at the US Open but five of the 11 sets he’s won he has had to do so by winning a seventh game.
Roddick has dropped two sets so far and after defeating David Ferrer in the last round, will be full of confidence for his match with the world number two.
The set betting holds the key to turning a profit in this bet and both of the last two matches between the two players have gone the distance.
A tight match can be expected today but as NAdal is yet to drop a set, a five-setter looks unrealistic.
Back the Spaniard to win 3-1 at 12/5 and take the 8/13 that there will be a tiebreak in the match.
Roddick’s big serve will test Nadal and the sets will be close, so the 5/6 for over 37.5 games is tempting, as is the 6/1 that Roddick wins the first set 7-6 – he’s won the first set in both of their last two matches.