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Federer & Muguruza favoured to back up Wimbledon wins in New York

Mon, Jul 17, 11:15am by Jake Equid

Roger Federer won Wimbledon for a record eighth time on Monday morning Australian time, when he defeated Marin Cilic in straight sets, which means he’s won both Grand Slam’s that he’s participated in this year, and he’s a $3.50 favourite to win the next one, the US Open, which begins next month.

Garbine Muguruza held the women’s trophy aloft the day before Federer, when she became the first player to beat both Williams sisters in a Grand Slam final. The 7-5, 6-0 win over Venus comes a year after she beat her sister Serena in the French Open final.

It was the first time that the women’s final had been played under a roof, and after pushing Muguruza all the way in the first set, the American quickly fell away in the second, to hand the Spaniard her first ever title at the Old England Club.

Venus was gracious in defeat, and could hardly be blamed for her lack of stamina, as the 37-year-old has been struck down by the debilitating Sjogren’s syndrome that first hit her six years ago.

She’ll be on home soil in New York, and is considered a $17 chance to win her third US Open crown, and the first since 2001. Muguruza tops the betting market at $7, ahead of last year’s winner Karolina Pliskova and Victoria Azarenka at $8.

Federer looked fresh this fortnight in Southwest London, and in the post match press conference, he attributed his lighter schedule to his return to the top of the sport.

“Because I’m playing a little less, I actually get more time in return. I feel like I’m working part-time these days almost, which is a great feeling.”

He told Fox Sports Australia that he would take ten days off before beginning preparations for a sixth US Open title.

The Swiss Maestro has is assessed as a $3.50 chance when play gets underway in the last week of August in New York, ahead of Rafael Nadal at $4.50, while last year’s winner Stan Warwinka is at $15.

Runner-up Marin Cilic was very emotional following the final, where he couldn’t give his best performance due to a painful blister on his left foot. He will turn his attention to the only Grand Slam that he has won before, in 2014, when he beat Federer in the semi-finals.

Cilic is listed at $15. The US Open begins on August 28, with the finals to be held on the weekend of September nine and 10 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis-specific stadium, in terms of capacity, in the world.

Sportsbet Markets

Men’s US Open

R Federer $3.50

R Nadal $4.50

N Djokovic $5.50

A Murray $6.50

M Cilic $15

S Wawrinka $15

JM Del Potro $19

N Kyrgios $23

M Raonic $26

D Thiem $26

A Zverev $31

K Nishikori $31

G Dimitrov $34

T Berdych $51

S Querrey $67

Others Quoted

Women’s US Open

G Muguruza $7

V Azarenka $8

Ka Pliskova $8

J Konta $9

M Sharapova $9

S Halep $9

A Kerber $9

P Kvitova $15

V Williams $17

E Svitolina $21

J Ostapenko $23

C Wozniacki $26

C Vandeweghe $26

M Keys $31

A Radwanska $34

K Mladenovic $41

D Cibulkova $51

E Bouchard $51

T Bacsinszky $51

D Kasatkina $51

L Safarova $67


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