• Andy Murray [WC] v Matteo Berrettini [1]
  • Dan Evans [6] v Adrian Mannarino
LONDON, UK – After an emotional return for Andy Murray, how will the body hold up as he takes on top seed Matteo Berrettini.

 

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Andy Murray [WC] v Matteo Berrettini [1]

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It was an emotional return for the former five-time champion Andy Murray as he needs to step up to take on top seed Matteo Berrettini.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Andy Murray [WC] v Matteo Berrettini [1] H2H: Murray leads 1-0
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All eyes will be on the three-time Slam champion and former World No. 1. Will all his limbs be intact as he takes to the court?

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021)

H2H: Andy Murray (WR 124) Matteo Berrettini (WR 9)
Tournament Previous Best Title (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015-2016) Debut
1st Serve % 63.5 73
Service Games Won % 100 83.3
Break Points Saved % 69.2 66.7
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 59.1 52.5
Break Points Converted % 100 28.6

If we put aside all the emotion, there is actually a great deal to e encouraged about. Both have played just one grass court match for the stats, with Murray head of the top seed Berrettini in Service games won, and break points converted, and is sharper on making the most of second serve returns. Berrettini has served better.

 

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Playing Styles & Prediction

It was a good performance against Benoit Paire…but that was the highly volatile and unpredictable Frenchman and Berrettini is a very different proposition altogether.

He might not be best grass court prospect but there are aspects of his game that work well as his tough fight against fellow countryman Stefano Travaglia showed, twice having to come from behind to win tight tie-break sets.

Murray will have to really work for a win here, and Berrettini is going to really eat out these limbs.

Berrettini plays the kind of tennis full of flair we love to see from Italians, but grass can also punish a lot quicker and all Murray needs is a dip in Berrettini’s form to capitalise.

But it will all be about whether or not the Brit is able to bring his best performance and how his body has pulled up over the last 24 hours.

As it stands, we should expect Berrettini to weather the storm but not without a customary fight.

Prediction: Berrettini in three sets

 

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Dan Evans [6] v Adrian Mannarino

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The current World No. 1 Dan Evans takes on France’s Adrian Mannarino.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Dan Evans [6] v Adrian Mannarino H2H: Tied at 1-1
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Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021)

H2H: Dan Evans (WR 25) Adrian Mannarino (WR 42)
Tournament Previous Best R2 (2014) QF (2011, 2018)
1st Serve % 81.4 80
Service Games Won % 100 83.3
Break Points Saved % 100 0
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 61.1 36.6
Break Points Converted % 66.7 16.7

Albeit with only one match played, Evans’ numbers outweigh Mannarino’s, especially in saving break points, and converting them.

 

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Playing Styles & Prediction

The Frenchman overcame Liam Broady and has plenty of variety and on his day plays very eye-catching tennis. However, Evans’ hustling style with equal if not better variety, and a home crowd behind him makes this a touch prospect for the Frenchman to down another Englishman,.

Prediction: Evans in straight sets

 

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