Gasquet is still going strong at 35 years old having reached an ATP final in Umag this year however just like Murray, has found it hard to stay consistent physically to compete on a regular basis. The Frenchman traditionally does well in Cincinnati and beat Murray en route to the semi-finals the last time the Western and Southern Open came to Cincinnati.
Murray’s serve is going to be just as important as the return as he needs to dictate points straight from the start. It is hard to say how physically strong both players are going to be but the Brit just about heads into Monday’s encounter as favourite in what should be an entertaining opening round match.
Prediction: Murray in three sets.
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