The World No. 12 Alex De Minaur will clash against tennis veteran Andy Murray in the first round of the China Open on Thursday. The two have locked horns 4 times before and all 4 times the Australian has emerged victorious. It will definitely be an interesting matchup to look out for.
Alex De Minaur vs Andy Murray: Match Details
Tournament: China Open 2023
Match: Alex De Minaur vs Andy Murray
Date: 28 September, 2023
Time: 12:30 AM (EST)
Venue: Beijing, China
Round: First round (Round of 32)
Surface: Hard Court
Prize Money: $28,345
Alex De Minaur vs Andy Murray: Match Preview
The 24-year-old has had a good season so far. He started off strong by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open. Unfortunately, he lost to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets. The Australian then went on to win his seventh ATP title at the Mexican Open, where he defeated American player Tommy Paul. Following the win, he re-entered the top 20 rankings in the world. He then experienced a slump where he had to face early exits at the Canadian Open and the Miami Open. However, he made a comeback by reaching the finals of the National Bank Open.
On the other hand, Andy Murray has been trying to establish himself in 2023. He faced an exit in the fourth round of the Australian Open. The 36-year-old had pushed himself very hard to reach the fourth round, as he had played the longest match of his career in the previous round. The British also tied with Tommy Haas for the record for the most wildcards received, amounting to a total of 53. He then saw early second-round exits at both Wimbledon and the US Open.
The 12th seed has a perfect record against Andy Murray. The Australian is known for playing with speed and agility and hence has rightly earned the title of “Speed Demon”. Both of them have a defensive playing style. They are both baseline players who force each other to make unforced errors. However, De Minaur has a slight advantage, depending on the last few games. His court coverage ruins any chances of Murray executing his tactful game plan. In terms of physicality as well, De Minaur can outlast Murray.
Match Prediction: Alex De Minaur to win in two sets
Alex De Minaur vs Andy Murray: Live Stream Details
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