It could be a close match as Day Two’s opener, with the Challenger kings going head to head. Ward’s comeback saw some success with the Rennes Challenger final, with Broady’s best being the Calgary Challenger, just before lockdown.
It’s actually Ward who edges Broady on their win-lose stats in 2020, even if it appears that Broady has the edge on all with banter in the tournament WhatsApp group!
Prediction: Broady in three sets
Match Two – Joe Salisbury & Jonny O’Mara v Ryan Peniston and Dominic Inglot
The top-ranked Brit in the doubles ranking was riding high at the start of the year winning a maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open with regular partner Rajeev Ram. He partnered Jamie Murray in the inaugural ATP Cup before his first major title, and this partnership could well be the one to beat.
Match Three – Cameron Norrie v Ryan Peniston | First Meeting
The British No. 3 Norrie takes on Peniston, after Jack Draper had to withdraw with an abdominal injury.
Peniston took to the court for the first time, partnering Dominic Inglot, after Jay Clarke withdrew from the doubles with a sore knee.
Norrie was part of the duo which delivered a stunning triumph over pre-tournament favourites Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, and after struggling to find his range, his pace and aggression was very telling.
Prediction: Norrie in straight sets
Match Four – Kyle Edmund v Andy Murray | Murray leads H2H 3-1
All eyes on this match for a couple of reasons. Their last encounters in 2018 saw a slight shift in balance as Edmund got his first win over Murray as the former World No. 1 was making his comeback after his hip operation, and in typically gritty style Murray ground out a painful win in Washington.
In addition, it will be Murray’s second straight game in as many days, so expect everyone to keep a watchful eye on every movement, especially after his admission after his first round match that while his serving had been good, his timing and hitting from the back of the court needed improving.
Murray in peak form has all the variety to combat Edmund’s heavy-strike tennis, but a lot will depend on where his game is at right now.
Prediction: Edmund in three sets
Match Five – Liam Broady & Cameron Norrie v Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool
After their shock triumph over the pre-tournament favourites, expect Broady and Norrie to come out swinging as they take in ‘The Peaky Blinders’ with a real chance to seal a spot in the semi-finals.
On the other side of the net expect a lot of banter!
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