Former World No. 1 Andy Murray is all set to take on Benoit Paire in the first-round clash of Cinch Championships 2021. The match will mark the return of Murray to the grasscourt after 3 years. The British tennis star would like to make a thumping comeback.
Murray has received a wild card entry in the tournament. Needless to say, he thoroughly deserved it as he has won the Queen Club as many as five times in his career. However, Benoit Paire would also like to make a statement by performing well in the Cinch Championships as he has received a lot of flak for his behavior lately.
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It would be fair to say that currently, Murray is going through a tough phase in his career. Ranked 124th in the world at this point, Murray is surely a better player than that and he is expected to give it all to prove himself. The two-time Wimbledon champion would like to get as many matches under his belt before going into the marquee tournament which will start in a couple of weeks.
The 34-year-old is set to face French tennis star Benoit Paire in his first game. Paire was knocked out in the first-round of the French Open 2021 by Casper Ruud in 4 hard-fought rounds. Moreover, Paire has played as many as 17 matches this year but has won only twice and has tasted defeat 15 times.
The Frenchman would be short on confidence. Murray is expected to go past Benoit Paire without much hassle. However, even if Murray moves into the third round, his journey might end sooner than expected as in all probability, the Brit might have to face top seed Matteo Berrettini in the second round.
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Despite a tough fight expected from Paire, the odds are definitely in the favor of Murray to move into the next round of the Cinch Championships. The Brit also leads Benoit Paire 2-0 in the head-to-head and is known for his playing some high-quality tennis on the grasscourt.