Andy Murray in the first round of the 2023 US Open, New York
Andy Murray in the first round of the 2023 US Open, New York | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Basel 2023 | Murray searches for end of season confidence boost against Hanfmann

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Andy Murray v Yannick Hanfmann
  • H2H: First Meeting
BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Andy Murray searches for an end of season confidence boost when he takes on Yannick Hanfmann in his opening round match in Basel.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Andy Murray v Yannick Hanfmann H2H: First Meeting
ATP Basel 2023 Basel, Switzerland
Indoor Hard Prize Money: €17,130
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Andy Murray searches for an end of season confidence boost as he takes on Yannick Hanfmann in his Basel opener.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Andy Murray (WR 39) Yannick Hanfmann (WR 56)
Tournament Previous Best Quarter-Final (2005) N/A
1st Serve % 61.2 66.3
Service Games Won % 80.6 80.9
Break Points Saved % 61.4 63.2
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 50.2 50.1
Break Points Converted % 31.3 39.1

Murray will looking for a rapid improvement on return as he takes on the consistent serving of Hanfmann.

 

 

Playing styles and prediction

Hanfmann has earned wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem this season as the German looks to break into the world’s top 50. The 31 year-old has a big serve which is backed up by consistent and powerful hitting especially on the forehand side as Hanfmann looks for another big result in 2023.

Murray will look to improve on return as he looks for depth and pace to set up short balls from Hanfmann in order for the Brit to be aggressive. Meanwhile Hanfmann will look to be dominant on serve as he aims to use the forehand to create space on the court and break down Murray’s defensive game. The Brit may be overpowered in the early stages of the match but Murray’s defensive resilience and craft should be enough to see him into the second round.

Prediction: Murray in three sets.

 

 

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