Andy Murray is into the third round of Wimbledon after a thrilling five set victory over German qualifier Oscar Otte. The three-time grand slam champion made the better start as he used his defensive skills to extend the points and put the German into uncomfortable positions. A confident start was secured as Murray broke three times to lead by a set and 3-1.
However just like his first round, Murray’s level dipped and suddenly Otte was back into the match serving well, hitting his powerful forehand and using his advanced net skills to his advantage. Winning five of the next six games, Otte won the second set to level the match up at one set all.
As Murray lacked ideas and was trying to problem-solve, the German’s confidence kept growing as he continued to be aggressive and open up spaces in the court to attack. The lone break in the seventh game was enough as Murray was now trailing by two sets to one. There was a mini-scare for Murray in the fourth set as he slipped and hurt his groin but luckily he was able to continue as after the fourth game play was suspended as the roof covered the Centre Court.
This mini-break seemed to rejuvenate the Brit as he came back firing winners past the German and tactically outsmarting Otte. An early break was secured before the German broke back while Murray was serving for the set as he produced some conservative tennis. This was delaying the inevitable though as Murray broke straight back with some excellent returning to level the match at two sets all.
The momentum was firmly with Murray who secured an early 3-0 lead with some powerful hitting. After surviving a couple of tough service games, Murray then broke again to seal a thrilling Centre Court win and more importantly a place in the third round.
Andy Murray [WC] v Denis Shapovalov  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Murray will now have his toughest task yet as he faces 10th seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the next round.
Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Grass)
Andy Murray (WR 119)
Denis Shapovalov (WR 12)
Tournament Previous Best
Winner (2013, 2016)
1st Serve %
Service Games Won %
Break Points Saved %
2nd Serve Return Points Won %
Break Points Converted %
Murray will be looking to win more service games and protect his serve as much as he can while the Canadian will look to win more return points off the second serve as well as take his chances more often.
Shapovalov will hope to use his devastating one-handed backhand and powerful serve to his advantage. The Canadian has had some good results recently having reached the final in Geneva and taken Rafael Nadal all the way in Rome. However grass is surprisingly one of his weaker surfaces.
After spending over seven hours and nine sets on court, Murray may lose a bit of steam in this match especially if he doesn’t get off to a quick start with Shapovalov having a day off. However if Murray can punish the Canadian’s weaker second serves and expose his lack of control on shots then it could be another match to remember for the Brit on Centre Court.
Prediction: Shapovalov in four sets.
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