Andy Murray has already won three ATP tournaments this year, but he has yet to break through on the hard court. That could all change this week in Washington. Murray goes into the 2015 Citi Cup as the +135 favorite to win outright, followed by Kei Nishikori (+300) and Marin Cilic (+800).
Murray, currently ranked No. 3 in the world in men’s singles, is making his first appearance in DC since 2006, when he lost to Arnaud Clément in the finals. He’ll use the Citi Cup as a launching pad for his run to the 2015 US Open, which starts August 31 at Flushing Meadows. Murray is 353-100 lifetime (77.9%) on hard courts and 21-5 this year.
World’s No. 5 Nishikori is making his return after pulling out of the Wimbledon Championships with a leg injury. He’s also 21-5 on the hard court this year, including a tournament win at the Memphis Open, and will be playing Washington for the first time since 2007. Cilic, the reigning US Open champion, is ranked No. 8 and has played just one hard-court match this year (losing to Juan Monaco at Indian Wells) after missing over two months with a shoulder injury.