Andy Murray in the first round of the 2023 Australian Open, Melbourne
Andy Murray in the first round of the 2023 Australian Open, Melbourne | (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Tennis | Australian Open 2024 | Murray’s Grand Slam quest takes on Martin Etcheverry

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Andy Murray v Tomas Martin Etcheverry [30]
  • H2H: Tied at 1-1
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Andy Murray’s quest for improvement at Grand Slams will go through 30th seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry in his opening match at the Australian Open.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Andy Murray v Tomas Martin Etcheverry [30]       H2H: Tied at 1-1    
Australian Open 2024 Melbourne, Australia
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Andy Murray will look to improve his Grand Slam record this season as he bids to take on Tomas Martin Etcheverry in his Australian Open opener.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Andy Murray (WR 44) Tomas Martin Etcheverry (WR 30)
Tournament Previous Best Final (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016) R2 (2023)
1st Serve % 61.1 63.9
Service Games Won % 80 81.3
Break Points Saved % 61 62.5
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 50 50
Break Points Converted % 32.4 36.4

There is nothing to separate the two players as Murray will need to be more efficient if he wants to win this brutal opening round match.

 

 

Playing styles and prediction

Since reaching the Roland Garros quarter-finals last year, Martin Etcheverry has struggled to produce any standout results as he settles into life as top 30 player. The Argentinian is capable of long rallies from the baseline as well as being aggressive which makes him a dangerous opponent with no weaknesses. Now the 30th seed will hope more big results are on its way this season as he looks to back up his good season in 2023.

Murray will look to be aggressive on serve as he will need to be proactive and show the Argentinian that he is control of the rallies. Meanwhile Martin Etcheverry will aim to frustrate Murray by extending the rallies and making this into a war of attrition as he looks to be consistent on serve. This match could go on forever and a repeat of Murray’s five hour epics from last year could be topped in this match. The Brit’s overall depth in quality should prove too much but another five set classic awaits in Melbourne.

Prediction: Murray in five sets.

 

 

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