According to the BBC, Andy Murray is favourite for the US Open. Pundits have proclaimed the momentum is with Murray following his Olympic breakthrough performance.
Foolish John Hovis. Following the past two ATP 1000 events, he thought the momentum would be with Fed and Djokovic. Both events are, after all, US Open series events on hard courts. Both have taken place more recently than the Olympics. Which was on grass. And lower ranked than both ATP 1000 events. John Hovis stupidly imagined Murray pulling out of Toronto and being stuffed in straight sets in Cincinnati by Chardy. Clearly, some 'experts' watched him win both tournaments, making him the clear favourite for the US Open. His glittering history of no grand slams obviously cements this status.
John Hovis would again like to make it clear that Murray is a decent bet to lift his first major trophy. The surface suits him, he enjoys playing in New York and he is in decent form. The Lendl inspired mental ferocity has provided a new edge, far removed from the moaning Murray of only a few months ago.
Nevertheless. Blithely talking up Murray's chances while dismissing the two top dogs stinks of parochialism or stupidity.