The time could be right for a breakthrough at the last major of the year.
Alexander Zverev has announced this week that Lendl is to become his new coach, taking over from the 21 year-old's father and that looks like a great match-up.
Zverev seems to have the same problems as Andy Murray did before working with Lendl, in that he suffers from lapses in concentration and hasn’t been able to put two good weeks together at Slams.
His problem has mainly been around making through to the second week without playing long matches. If he can’t do that with his draw at this year’s US Open I’d fear for his confidence in slams going forward.
The German faces a qualifier in round one, and then is likely to play Jeri Vesely (87) in round two and Filip Krajinovic (32) in round three.
It’s always difficult to predict who is going to make it through to the second week, however of the top seeds in the bottom half of the draw he has a winning record against three of them, in Nishikori, Cilic and Djokovic.
The draw also means he will avoid Nadal until the final (should they both get there), a player who Zverev has never beaten in their five matches so far.
Having defended his title in Washington in early August, Zverev made two relatively early exits in Toronto and Cincinatti. I don’t see that as too much of an issue – his appointment of Lendl, to me, is a statement of intent to win a major and that would have given him more time to practise with his new coach.
The 12/1 on offer at both Paddy Power and Betfair are enough for an E/W shout for the German to make the final, where he could face defending champion Nadal.
The second quarter is full of big names, all of which have had injuries in the last year in Del Potro, Murray, Wawrinka and Raonic.
That could lead to some upsets and I see Stefanos Tsitsipas as a good value play to win that quarter at best price 20/1. He's 9/1 elsewhere so make sure you place the bet at Paddy Power or Betfair.
He comes into the tournament having had a breakthrough year that has continued onto the hard courts from the European clay, beating the likes of Thiem, Djokovic, Alex Zverev and Anderson on his way to the final in Toronto.