• Andy Murray [WC] v Robin Haase [WC]
  • H2H: Murray leads 4-1
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – There will be a battle of the wildcards as Andy Murray faces off against Robin Haase.

 

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Andy Murray [WC] v Robin Haase [WC] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Andy Murray [WC] v Robin Haase [WC] H2H: Murray leads 4-1
ATP Rotterdam Rotterdam, Amsterdam
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Preview: Andy Murray [WC] v Robin Haase [WC] | Murray leads H2H 4-1

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Once again, the Rotterdam draw is stacked with big names, most notably being Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas – who recently clashed in the Australian Open semifinals. Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Stan Wawrinka also add to the star-studded line-up.

Andy Murray will look to get his first regular tour victory since the US Open when he takes on Robin Haase. The Brit competed in last week’s ATP event in Montpellier, where he suffered a bruising first round defeat to Egor Gerasimov. Murray has met Haase on five separate occasions, although they haven’t locked horns since 2015.

The pair’s first meeting came at this very tournament and it was the Dutchman who thrilled the home fans with a comprehensive straight sets victory. Haase would go on to win his next two sets against Murray, this time at the 2011 US Open, before losing the match – and twelve of their next thirteen sets.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2020)

H2H: Andy Murray [WC] (WR: 121) Robin Haase [WC] (WR: 189)
Tournament Previous Best Champion (2009) Quarter-finals (2008, 2018)
1st Serve % 54 56
Service Games Won % 76 88
Break Points Saved % 61 80
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 45 41
Break Points Converted % 38 29

The 3-time Grand Slam champion leads this particular rivalry 3-1 on hard courts.

 

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Playing Styles

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Haase isn’t too dissimilar to Murray’s most recent opponent, Gerasimov. The Dutchman is a solid, all-court player with a strong serve and lethal forehand if used correctly. The 33-year-old also possesses a relatively strong serve which is backed up by clean groundstrokes and fairly decent movement – the type of player we are used to getting outfoxed by a player of Murray’s calibre. Times have changed, nowadays it difficult to guage where the former World No. 1’ss level will be.

With seven top ten victories under his belt, the Dutchman is no stranger to the big occasion, with six of those victories coming on hard courts. The 33-year-old is competing for the first time since his four set loss to 28th seeded Filip Krajinovic at the Australian Open. Having spent most of his time in qualifying draws, Haase has won just half of the six matches he has played this year, and is just 1-2 in main draw affairs.

Murray will be desperate to bounce back after his surprisingly routine loss in the first round of Montpellier. The Brit seemed to fall apart after a tightly contested first set and there is no doubt he will be aware of this pattern. There still may be evident signs of rust but that is expected from someone who has spent so long out the game. The 33-year-old will need his first serve to be firing after it deserted him last week, doing so will significantly increase his chances of finishing on the right side of the scorecard.

Prediction

Haase will be no easy customer for Murray. The Dutchman will look to create another Rotterdam memory by dumping the Brit out the competition at the second time of asking. Murray can only improve on his latest performance and will be more match tough this time around. It won’t pretty, but that doesn’t matter.

Prediction: Murray in three sets.

 

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