Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/24/13
Tennis betting fans have already seen three Grand Slam events come and go this summer. Up next on the agenda is the highly anticipated U.S. Open. Will the theme of parity that’s abounded on the ATP trail so far continue when the sport’s brightest square off in Flushing? Reigning champion Andy Murray will not only set out to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open winner since Roger Federer in 2008 but will also have a chance to defend his most recent success — the 2013 Wimbledon crown. According to oddsmakers, Murray is on the right track. With 7-4 U.S. Open odds, Murray is the sportsbook favorite when it comes to the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the ATP season. He’s not alone atop the futures list, however. In that ranking, he’s tied with World No. 1 (and reigning Australian Open champion) Novak Djokovic. It was Djokovic that Murray battled past in the Wimbledon finale last month. Simply put, after playing relatively fourth fiddle to the Djokovics, Federers and Rafael Nadals of the world for much of the past half-decade, Murray has finally made a case for himself as one of the game’s elite. Repeated success at the U.S. Open will go a long way toward Murray’s already impressive reputation continuing to grow. French Open winner Nadal will be hungry to bounce back from a disappointing early exit at Wimbledon, though, and he has 7-1 odds of his own of winning the U.S. Open. The once-dominant Federer has 10-1 odds. Most interesting on the moneyline, however, isn’t the big four crowding the top of the scale, but rather Juan Martin del Potro squeezing in alongside Federer at 10-1. Just one man not named Djokovic, Federer, Nadal or Murray has won a Grand Slam event since 2005, and that was del Potro at this very tournament in New York in 2009. Elsewhere in the competitive field are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with 33-1 odds of winning the U.S. Open, Tomas Berdych at 40-1 and David Ferrer at a low 66-1. Will this be the first time in eight years that a fresh face wins a Grand Slam event? Will Murray continue to campaign for the No. 1 world ranking with yet another significant success? Or perhaps, as was the case in 2012, it will be yet another year where four different individuals win the four different Grand Slam events — textbook proof that the level of parity among the ATP’s greatest is as impressive as it’s been in a while. Filed under: Headlines, NESN Staff, Odds, Partner Staff, Tennis

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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