Multiple grand slam champion Andy Murray will be up against 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the opening round of the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Andy Murray vs Dominic Thiem: Match details
Tournament: Mubadala World Tennis Championship
Match: Andy Murray vs Dominic Thiem
Round: First Round
Date: 16 December 2021 ( Thursday)
Venue: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Andy Murray vs Dominic Thiem: Preview
Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem would be locking horns with each other in the quarter-finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships on Thursday. The winner will face Rafael Nadal in the semi-final clash. Both Thiem and Murray endured similar disappointing seasons and would look to bounce back in 2022, starting from this tournament.
Andy Murray had a very disappointing season, ending 25 rankings below where he started the season. The now 134thranked Briton failed to win a single title owning to poor form and recurring injuries. However, there were some bright spots, including wins over Jannick Sinner and Hubert Hurkacz.
Similarly, Dominic Thiem too had a disappointing season marred by injuries. He ended his season early after suffering a wrist injury, and dropped to 15th in the rankings due to his prolonged absence. His best result was at the Madrid Open, where m
he made the semis before losing to Alexander Zverev. The Austrian would look to shrug off his injury problems and climb back up the rankings in 2022.
Andy Murray vs Dominic Thiem: Head-to-head record
This clash would be the fifth meeting between the two, with the head-to-head record being tied at 2-2. When the pair met the last time in the China Open in 2019, Thiem won the match in straight sets.
Andy Murray vs Dominic Thiem: Predictions
Both Thiem and Murray would look to comeback in the 2022 season, with this tournament serving as a perfect warm-up for the players. While Thiem has not played any tennis in a long time due to injury and would definitely be rusty, Murray on the other hand would be confident in against the Austrian having looked in decent shape at the back end of 2021.
Despite the lack of shape for Thiem, Murray’s consistently poor form over the last couple of years would mean Thiem could still edge this one.
Prediction: Thiem to beat Murray in 3 sets.
Andy Murray vs Dominic Thiem: Broadcast and live stream details
GIVEMESPORT will air the Championship free for all through Facebook. The broadcast will reach more than 130 countries.