By Jake Davies

  • Aljaz Bedene [8] vs Gilles Muller [4]
  • H2H: Muller leads 1-0
DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS – Aljaz Bedene looks to equal his head to head against Luxenbourg’s Gilles Muller in the Ricoh Open quarter-final.

 

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Aljaz Bedene [8] vs Gilles Muller [4] H2H: Muller leads 1-0

The grass court season could not have started in a better fashion for Aljaž Bedene. He beat Denis Istomin for the second time this season and backed that result up with a brilliant performance against America’s Ernesto Escobedo in the second round of the s-Hertogenbosch event.

A very understated and quiet individual, Bedene has flown under the radar with a lot of his results in 2017. Everyone knew the heights he could reach on a clay court, but striking the perfect formula on the ATP tour can be a tough task for many professionals.

Bedene faces an experienced campaigner in the quarter-finals on Friday. His next opponent is 34-year-old Gilles Muller. Muller is one of the veterans that experienced greater success at a later phase in his tennis career and most of that success was with Andy Murray’s coach, and former professional, Jamie Delgado. Delgado coached Muller for two years between 2014 and 2016.

Muller likes to shorten the points and applies a fast-and-furious serve and volley game on the faster courts on tour. If he executes his game well he is a danger man on the grass courts and will come in as favourite against Bedene in this Quarter-Final.

The quicker conditions will allow Muller to race through a lot of his service games. He clearly enjoys this tournament and thrives on this particular surface, having made the final last year, losing out to Nicolas Mahut in that final.

Prediction: Muller in straight sets.

Bedene and Muller are scheduled on Court 1 at 11am (10am BST).

 

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