After Thiem withdrew, Evans now steps in to begin his preparations for the 2022 season in the Middle East. A mixed 2021 season saw Evans make big strides in the opening half of the season but struggled to make a real impact after Wimbledon and will be hoping for more consistency next season.
Murray meanwhile starts his campaign having changed coaching staff with Jamie Delgado joining Denis Shapovalov’s team for 2022, the Brit has opted for Jan De Witt this season with the Dutchman having coached Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon and Nikoloz Basilashvili in the past. Murray will be hoping a change of coach will mean a change of fortunes in terms of challenging for titles and beating the best players in the world.
This should be a match full of a mix of variety and power with both players looking to display good fitness levels ahead of another tough season. Whatever the result both players will be focusing more on the performance rather than the result.
Prediction: Murray in three sets.
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