In the first round of the European Open, World No. 121 and the wildcard entrant Andy Murray will take on World No. 51 Frances Tiafoe.
Andy Murray vs Frances Tiafoe: Match Details
- Tournament: European Open 2021
- Match: Andy Murray vs Frances Tiafoe
- Round: First Round
- Date: 18th October 2021
- Prize Money: $7,615
- Venue: Antwerp, Belgium
- Surface: Outdoor hard court
Andy Murray vs Frances Tiafoe: Preview
Champion at the 2019 European Open, Andy Murray gets a wildcard into this year’s edition as he continues his quest to improve his ranking and break into the Top-100. The Brit comes from a 3rd round defeat at the 2021 Indian Wells Masters to Alexander Zverev and was praised immensely for his performances in the three rounds he played in the desert. The 2019 title is the last title Murray won.
Frances Tiafoe will play for the 5th time in Antwerp and was a quarter-finalist in 2019. The young American faced a 2nd round exit in the 2020 edition and will look to go further ahead this year. Frances, similar to Murray, comes from a 3rd round defeat at the Indian Wells where he lost to eventual quarter-finalist Hubert Hurkacz.
Andy Murray vs Frances Tiafoe: Head to Head
This will be the third meeting between the duo, who last met in the 2nd round of the 2021 Winston Salem Open where Frances won in straight-sets and levelled the head-to-head tie 1-1.
Andy Murray vs Frances Tiafoe: Prediction
Frances will come into the clash with a career Hardcourt record of 118-88 and is 19-3 on the surface this season while having a season record of 32-23 across all surfaces. Murray will take the court with a career Hardcourt record of 366-108 and is 5-5 on the surface this season and is 16-12 on all surfaces this season.
Looking at these numbers, their recent form and past few performances, it is difficult to predict an outright winner as both players have had their moments of success. While Murray relies on his service game and minimal movement given his metal hip, Frances will look to make the Brit work and get him tired. Nevertheless, expect a close encounter decided in the last set.
Prediction: Frances Tiafoe to win in 3-sets.
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