All eyes will be on the three-time Slam champion and former World No. 1. Will all his limbs be intact as he takes to the court?
Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021)
Andy Murray (WR 124)
Matteo Berrettini (WR 9)
Tournament Previous Best
Title (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015-2016)
1st Serve %
Service Games Won %
Break Points Saved %
2nd Serve Return Points Won %
Break Points Converted %
If we put aside all the emotion, there is actually a great deal to e encouraged about. Both have played just one grass court match for the stats, with Murray head of the top seed Berrettini in Service games won, and break points converted, and is sharper on making the most of second serve returns. Berrettini has served better.
It was a good performance against Benoit Paire…but that was the highly volatile and unpredictable Frenchman and Berrettini is a very different proposition altogether.
He might not be best grass court prospect but there are aspects of his game that work well as his tough fight against fellow countryman Stefano Travaglia showed, twice having to come from behind to win tight tie-break sets.
Murray will have to really work for a win here, and Berrettini is going to really eat out these limbs.
Berrettini plays the kind of tennis full of flair we love to see from Italians, but grass can also punish a lot quicker and all Murray needs is a dip in Berrettini’s form to capitalise.
But it will all be about whether or not the Brit is able to bring his best performance and how his body has pulled up over the last 24 hours.
As it stands, we should expect Berrettini to weather the storm but not without a customary fight.
The Frenchman overcame Liam Broady and has plenty of variety and on his day plays very eye-catching tennis. However, Evans’ hustling style with equal if not better variety, and a home crowd behind him makes this a touch prospect for the Frenchman to down another Englishman,.
Prediction: Evans in straight sets
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