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 Beijing 2023 | Murray targeting end to De Minaur curse in Beijing

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Andy Murray v Alex De Minaur
  • H2H: De Minaur leads 4-0
BEIJING, CHINA – Andy Murray is targeting an end to his bad head-to-head record against Alex De Minaur when the pair meet in the opening round in Beijing.

 

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Andy Murray v Alex De Minaur H2H: De Minaur leads 4-0
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Andy Murray is targeting an end to his bad record against Alex De Minaur when the pair take on each other in the first round in Beijing.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Andy Murray (WR 41) Alex De Minaur (WR 12)
Tournament Previous Best Champion (2016) N/A
1st Serve % 61.6 55.4
Service Games Won % 81.5 80.9
Break Points Saved % 62.2 58.2
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 50.7 52.2
Break Points Converted % 31.5 43.3

Murray will need to improve his serving statistics as he takes on the efficient returning of De Minaur.

 

 

Playing styles and prediction

De Minaur has had a successful last few months having reached the finals in Los Cabos and Toronto by playing some impressively consistent tennis. Now the Australian will look to end the season strongly as he looks to break into the world’s top ten.

Murray will need to be aggressive on serve as he aims to deny the Australian any opportunity to attack the Brit’s serve. Meanwhile De Minaur will look to be aggressive from the baseline and come into the net at the right opportunities in order to take time away from the Brit. This should be a good physical test for Murray but recent results would suggest that the three-time Grand Slam champion lacks the power to really trouble De Minaur.

Prediction: De Minaur in three sets.

 

 

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