Murray will be looking to improve his efficiency on return against a confident and in-form opponent like Safiullin.
Playing styles and prediction
Safiullin had been struggling for form after reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon but a run to the final in Chengdu has changed that as he continues his march up the rankings. Now Safiullin will look to continue the momentum as one of his goals for the end of the season will be to be seeded for January’s Australian Open.
Murray will look to be smart and aggressive on return as he will look to use variety of spin and power in order to force errors from Safiullin. Meanwhile Safiullin will look to continue his confident serving and returning as he looks to create shorter balls from Murray in order to be aggressive and hit winners. This will be a tough test for Murray against a confident player like Safiullin but if Murray can produce a similar performance to the one in Beijing then he should be too strong in this opening round match.
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