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US Open Day 2: Murray to make light work of Kyrgios

| 31.08.2015

The famous blue courts are once again home to the world’s greatest tennis players, with the US Open in full flow as it enters day two.

The New York-based Slam gave Britain their first Grand Slam winner in 76 years back in 2012 and Andy Murray starts his bid for a third Major crown this Tuesday.

Andy Murray to beat Nick Kyrgios 3-0 @ 8/13

The British number one has been handed a particularly awkward first round assignment, in the shape of controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios. The Scot has been keen to stress that the game should not be too harsh on the youngster, but on the court Murray has been massively dismissive of the giant protégé.

The Dunblane-born star has never lost to Kyrgios, in fact he has yet to drop a set when faced with the task of his foul-mouthed opponent. They have already met twice in Grand Slams in 2015 with two simple successes for Murray. The challenge may be a little harder here but the Aussie has yet to work out how to cope with the third seed and it should be the same here.

Lleyton Hewitt to beat Aleksandr Nedovyesov 3-0 @2/1

Kazakh Aleksandr Nedovyesov has barely set foot on a hard court since April and that doesn’t bode well for his showdown with the evergreen Lleyton Hewitt. The Australian legend is on his farewell tour and this will be his last Grand Slam before retiring.

Hewitt is ranked 255 places below his opponent in the world rankings but when they clashed at the Davis Cup earlier in 2015, it was the veteran who emerged the victor, and in straight sets too. It would be something of a fairytale, but this could be one that comes true.

Timea Babos to beat Samanthat Stosur @ 2/1

Another ageing Aussie on show here Is Samantha Stosur. However, the 31-year-old could be in for an early exit when she faces Timea Babos. After a quarter-final appearance in 2012, the 2011 champion has failed to make it past the second round in the previous two years.

Babos arrives in the Big Apple after a good run at Cincinnati, where she beat Heather Watson and, more importantly, Stosur herself.  The Brisbane player has lost more matches on the hard courts in 2015 than she has won and an upset could be on the cards here.

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Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.