By Ros Satar, in Madrid

  • Andy Murray [1] v Borna Coric [LL]
  • H2H: Murray leads 2-1
MADRID, SPAIN – Andy Murray seems to have had the easiest journey into the third round where he faces lucky loser Borna Coric.

 

Who & When is Andy Murray next playing?

Who is Murray playing? Borna Coric [LL] (CRO)
Head to Head? Murray leads 2-1
What time is Murray playing & where? Murray & Coric are scheduled on Court Manolo Santana, not before 3:30pm (2:30pm BST)
Where/How to watch Murray’s match? Sky Sports | Tennis on UK TV

Follow Live | http://bit.ly/BritwatchTennisLS

 

Andy Murray [1] v Borna Coric [LL] – H2H: Murray leads 2-1

Top seed and World No. 1 Andy Murray might thank his lucky stars that he managed to get his opener out of the way and have a day off while the weather took a turn for the worse. In the day, with tricky windy conditions, both Novak Djokovic and Rafal Nadal were taken to three sets while Benoit Paire dumped his friend and No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka out of the competition in a rain disrupted match.

Of course all three show courts have a roof, so the matches will all get through, but Murray is again in the afternoon. However he spoke of how he had the shortest of practices in the main court, and faces Coric who is at least fairly match-sharp here in Madrid having come through a couple of rounds of qualifying before getting his shot at the main draw.

There is very little wrong in Coric’s game at his age. He plays solidly off both wings and is gutsy. As a 16-year-old he was pitted against Murray in a Davis Cup tie in Croatia and hauled Murray through a 57-shot rally and produced a 41-shot rally against one of the best defenders in the game before beating him in Dubai.

Since then, Murray has beaten him once more, and you have to give the edge to the Brit, who has looked the sharper of all the big seeds coming into this tournament.

Coric, one of the much vaunted ATP Next Gen players has had his fair share of injury woes, with a knee surgery curtailing the end of his year in 2016. But his come-back this year has been impressive, saving five Championship points to defeat Philipp Kohlschreiber for his first ATP World title in Marrakech.

Murray’s first serve might have been 62% but he was winning 85% of his first serve points and like the man says, he has plenty of room to improve. Coric is a determined chaser and is no doubt on the up, and has some good matches in his legs here, but Murray overall should have more than enough variety to see this through to a quarter-final spot.

Prediction: Murray in straight sets.

 

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