Andy Roddick makes his first night appearance at the 2011 US Open tonight, Wednesday August 31st, as he takes on the scrappy American Michael Russell. Roddick leads Russell 1-0. Oddsmakers have Andy Roddick as -2000 moneyline favourite to beat Michael Russell who’s listed as +800 underdog. Start the 2011 US Open off right by getting your bet on the latest Andy Roddick vs Michael Russell odds avaliable now.
Andy Roddick enters this year as the No. 21 seed—his lowest seeding since his first US Open appearance in 2000—Roddick, who turned 29 yesterday, has had a decidedly indifferent 2011 campaign. The 2003 US Open champ has won just one title while compiling a 24-11 match record, including a fourth-round finish at the Aussie Open and a third-round loss at Wimbledon. He did, however, reach the semis of last week’s Winston-Salem event, which gave him some much-needed match play entering the Flushing fortnight.
Michael Russell is a scrappy veteran who has ranked as high as No. 60 in the world, but who has yet to win a match here in six tries. This ought to be a good opportunity for Roddick to cement his hard-court feet and work his way into a Slam state of mind. Expect the first set to be tight, then expect Roddick to let loose. Russell is a defensive counter-puncher, known for his footspeed and consistency. John McEnroe described him as a particularly dogged competitor, saying that "no one's going to try harder on a tennis court than Michael Russell". Russell is best known for, on two occasions, holding surprise two-set leads in Grand Slam tournaments against former Grand Slam champions before eventually being defeated both times. In the 4th round of the 2001 French Open (his best run at a Grand Slam tournament) against defending and eventual champion Gustavo Kuerten, Russell led two sets to love and 5–3 in the third set, also missing a match point. In the 2007 Australian Open, he held a two sets to love lead over former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt before succumbing in five sets.
Head to Head: Roddick leads 1-0
2002 Houston TX, U.S.A. Clay R32 Roddick, Andy 6-1, 6-2
Andy Roddick vs Michael Russell
When: Wednesday August 31st@7:00PM ET
Pick: Roddick -2000
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The Bottom Line: Russell can easily give Roddick a run for his money, but a fresh Roddick should take it. Start the 2011 US Open off right by getting your bet on the latest Roddick vs Russell odds avaliable now.