Roddick back Djokovic for US Open glory
Andy Roddick has tipped up Novak Djokovic ahead of the 2019 US Open, which kicks off on Monday.
World number one Djokovic is the defending champion at Flushing Meadows, having beaten Juan Martin del Potro last year, and the Serbian currently holds two of the four Grand Slam trophies after triumphing at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
The 32-year-old, who also won the Madrid Open back in May, is the favourite to retain his US Open crown and Roddick, who won the event back in 2003, feels he has the edge over rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
"It's tough, you always want to wait until the draw is out before you start making predictions," he told Metro.co.uk. "It's weird because I think it's the same conversation as a decade ago with the usual suspects of Roger, Rafa and Novak. I would probably lean towards Novak a little bit."
Roddick has also backed Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, who broke her WTA duck at Indian Wells in March before winning the Canadian Open earlier this month, to go far in the women's draw,
The American added: "I think Andreescu on the women's side is an in-form name maybe people won't know as much like Serena Williams but she has been playing great this year."
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.