ATP Cologne, an ATP 250 event and indoor hard-court tournament commences on Monday with top players in action. After a long clay court season which ends with the French Open final on Sunday, hard court tournaments will headline the main tennis events. One of the most interesting Round 1 matches at Cologne is 3 time Grandslam champion, Andy Murray who will face Fernando Verdasco. Murray has been stuggling with hip injury for over 2 years now and despite several attempts to play his best tennis, he has not been able to do so.
- Fixture: Andy Murray vs Fernando Verdasco
- Tournament: ATP Cologne Open 2020
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Cologne, Germany
- Category: ATP tournament
- Surface: Indoor Hard-court
- Prize money: Approx.325,610 dollars
Andy Murray vs Fernando Verdasco: Match Preview
Andy Murray comes into the tournament at Cologne at the back of a disastrous performance at the French Open 2020 where he lost in straight sets to Stan Wawrinka winning just 6 games. The 3 time Grandslam champion has had hip surgeries over the past 3 years which has kept him away from playing his best tennis. It will be interesting to see how the Brit responds to his critics in Cologne after a few disappointing tournaments.
Fernando Verdasco, was left distraught after he was no allowed to play at the French Open 2020 because he had tested positive for the Coronavirus. He had appealed to the French Open authorities and requested for a second test to confirm the results, but was not granted another test. He last played at the Italian Open 2020 where he lost in the qualifying rounds itself.
Andy Murray vs Fernando Verdasco: Head-to-Head
The duo have faced off an incredible 17 times in their careers with Murray leading the head-to-head record 13-4. Their first meeting came way back at 2003 Segovia Challenger where Verdasco won in straight sets. The duo last faced off 2018 US Open where the Spaniard emerged victorious in 4 sets. The duo’s most remembered match was at 2013 Wimbledon in the quarterfinals where the Brit emerged victorious in 5 sets.
Andy Murray vs Fernando Verdasco: Match Prediction
Andy Murray would be looking forward to get his career back on track, starting with a good run at Cologne. He faces a tricky challenge in the form of his old foe, Fernando Verdasco who returns to tennis after the Italian Open 2020. The match is expected to be stretched into 3 sets with the Brit just doing enough to emerge victorious and progress into Round 2.
Match Prediction: Andy Murray to defeat Fernando Verdasco in 3 sets.