Andy Murray in the quarter-final of the 2022 Boss Open in Stuttgart, Germany
Andy Murray in the quarter-final of the 2022 Boss Open in Stuttgart, Germany | (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Cincinnati 2022 | Murray looks for form in Cincinnati, renews rivalry with Wawrinka in opening round

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Andy Murray v Stan Wawrinka [PR]
  • H2H: Murray leads 12-9
CINCINNATI, USA – Andy Murray looks for last-minute form ahead of the US Open in Cincinnati as he gets to renew his rivalry with Stan Wawrinka in the opening round.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Andy Murray v Stan Wawrinka [PR] H2H: Murray leads 12-9
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Andy Murray is desperately looking for wins after another early exit in Canada and will look to do that against old rival Stan Wawrinka in Cincinnati.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022)

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H2H: Andy Murray (WR 48) Stan Wawrinka (WR 322)
Tournament Previous Best Winner (2008, 2011) Semi-Final (2012)
1st Serve % 60.3 53.5
Service Games Won % 81 76.6
Break Points Saved % 58.9 62.9
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 54.9 46.2
Break Points Converted % 38.5 29

Murray has show a higher level more consistently than Wawrinka but the Swiss player still knows how to raise his level on the pressure points.

 

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Playing styles and prediction

Wawrinka hasn’t had the successful return to the tour as he was hoping for and despite gaining some momentum in Rome, hasn’t been able to win matches at the big events since then. Now Wawrinka will look to continue his journey back into the latter stages of tournaments as he looks to take some positives into the rest of this season.

Murray will look to be as aggressive as possible and put Wawrinka on the back foot and test the former US Open champion’s fitness. Meanwhile Wawrinka will need to make as many winners as possible in order to deny Murray the chance to dictate the tempo of the match from the baseline. The serve will be the key to the match and errors are expected from both players but in the end Murray’s better form should edge him towards victory here.

Prediction: Murray in three sets.

 

 

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