Delpo handed a decent draw

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The old guard are almost all back in place for the US Open at Flushing Meadows and one former champion appears to have been given a pretty favourable draw.

2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro at 14/1 to claim the title may be a bit of a stretch, but the Argentinian must fancy his chances of gong deep in the tournament once again.

Del Potro to win 2nd quarter – 11/5

Del Potro, 23/4 to reach the final at Flushing Meadows, is seeded to face Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, but his quarter of the draw is one he should be able to safely negotiate.

Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov are all in the same section, but the latter two of those three meet in the first round.

Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray, meanwhile, is a long way away from full fitness and a potential third-round showdown with Delpo is one that the South American would be heavily favoured to win.

In the women’s singles defending champion Sloane Stephens, like Del Potro, appears to have been handed an opportunity to advance well into the second week once again.

Stephens to win 2nd quarter – 12/5

The American only has Elina Svitolina and Victoria Azarenka as major threats in her section and Stephens is more than capable of taking care of business, at least up until the semi-finals.

There she will face whoever manages to safely negotiate a brutal first quarter of the draw which features Simona Halep, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova.

Successfully defending her title may be too much to ask of Stephens, so 4/1 for her to be eliminated at the last-four stage might be an option which takes your fancy.

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