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Andy Murray vs. James Duckworth 2018 US Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction

James Duckworth vs. Andy Murray

August 2018

The Line: Duckworth +817 / Murray -1111 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

Andy Murray and James Duckworth meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis US Open.

Andy Murray is one of many big name players trying to return from injury, and this will be his first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Wimbledon. Murray made serious progress when making the quarterfinal of the Citi Open, but he lost in his first match in Cincinnati. In the losing effort, Murray won just 11 of 34 second serve points and had eight double faults. The rest should be good for Murray, but it’s now a question of which player shows up for this tournament. Murray has a chance to be a real dark horse if he’s able to build on what he did in Washington. Murray hasn’t lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2008 Australian Open. Murray has won three of his last five matches on hard court.

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Andy Murray vs. James Duckworth 2018 US Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

James Duckworth enters this tournament losing nine of his last 12 matches when you include qualifying. Other than winning two matches in Washington, Duckworth has done nothing worth mentioning recently and has had serious trouble even making ATP events. Duckworth has had most of his issues on the return, and he’s coming off a match in which he won just 20 percent of his return points. The best case for Duckworth is that he gets off to a strong start and the crowd gets behind the underdog. Duckworth has lost in the first round of a grand slam in 10 of his last 13 appearances. Duckworth is 1-3 in US Open matches for his career. Duckworth has lost three of his last five matches on hard court. 

There’s no previous matches between these two players.

It’s no secret Murray isn’t herself right now, which opens the door a little bit for Duckworth. However, Duckworth has had issues against anybody he plays recently, let alone one of the best players in the world who can win matches off of experience alone. This is a wonderful match for Murray to use as a building block.

I’ll take Murray in three or four sets.

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