It’s the double specialists versus the ‘fear-hands’ after Salisbury and O’Mara ended Inglot & Peniston’s hopes of making the semi-finals. Edmund has looked solid in his matches so far, and Ward turned in an impressive first win in the singles on Day 2, so this is not a foregone conclusion for the current doubles favourites, by any stretch of the imagination.
Match Two – Paul Jubb v Ryan Peniston | First meeting
It is another battle of the colleges as Jubb is drafted in for an injured Jay Clarke, who had to withdraw from the tournament with a nasty knee injury. Jubb won the singles title at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship as a member of the South Carolina Gamecocks, and made his Grand Slam main draw debut at Wimbledon that same year after receiving a wildcard for the singles main draw, together with his ATP World Tour debut at Eastbourne.
Peniston impressed with his performance against Norrie, also an advocate of the US Collegiate system, and we could be in for an entertaining encounter by Britain’s future stars.
Prediction: Peniston in three sets
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The British No. 1 was in solid form in his opener, adapting to the surroundings and the match-play quickly for a comfortable win. It has been a while since the pair met and with Evans now certainly coping a little easier with the Top Brit mantle he starts as the favourite.
Norrie had quite a test at the hands of Peniston and Evans can play a similar hustling style of play, and has a lot of variety in his tool kit. Norrie will be prepared for another potentially long one.
Surprisingly Murray and Ward have never met on the tour, and of course have been Davis Cup team-mates so there is very little about each other’s games they will not know. Murray saw some improvement in his game despite losing to Edmund, and feels confident that if his hip feels good, then his tennis will improve.
Ward looked very much more settled in his victory over Broady, and the fast and humid conditions at the NTC lend themselves to Ward’s powerful game. Murray was able to take his chances by taking on Edmund’s forehand, and he will have to do much the same against Ward.
This is a winner-takes-all match for a spot in the semi-finals.
Prediction: Murray in three sets.
Match Five – Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski v Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool
After their shock defeat to Norrie and Broady, Murray and Skupski have a must-win match against the self-styled ‘Peaky Blinders’ Evans and Glasspool who beat Norrie and Broady in perhaps the most entertaining match so far.
Given the amount of banter in the Group WhatsApp, and a little history of needle between Evans and his views on doubles players, there might be just a little more intensity to this match.
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