O’Connell has produced good serving and returning stats this season but has only beaten two top 100 players this season. On the other hand Murray will be looking to improve his break point conversion rate.
O’Connell had a good Australian Open tournament beating Hugo Gaston and Diego Schwartzman before losing to Maxime Cressy. The Australian has a big serve and likes to finish points off at the net and has proved tricky for top 100 players on the ATP tour.
Murray will need to have a good day on return if he wants to win here, the Brit will look to use his experience to grind out the rallies and make things tricky for the Australian. A defeat here will be seen as a couple of steps backwards in Murray’s bid for consistency and progress. Consistency will be the key and usually that is at a high level for the Brit when it comes to the first match of the tournament.
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