• Andy Murray [WC] v Hubert Hurkacz [5]
  • H2H: Hurkacz leads 2-0
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – There is a familiar foe for Andy Murray in the opening round in Vienna as he takes on Hubert Hurkacz for the third time this season.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Andy Murray [WC] v Hubert Hurkacz [5]

H2H: Hurkacz leads 2-0

ATP Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Indoor Hard  

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Third on Centre Court, not before 5pm (4pm BST)

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The previous two meetings this season have produced tight straight set wins for Hubert Hurkacz in Cincinnati and Metz with Andy Murray not being able to win the big points in important moments.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Hard)

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H2H:

Andy Murray (WR 172)

Hubert Hurkacz (WR 10)

Tournament Previous Best

Final (2014, 2016)

R2 (2020)

1st Serve %

57.8

64.8

Service Games Won %

83.6

88.2

Break Points Saved %

64.8

65.6

2nd Serve Return Points Won %

48.8

50.4

Break Points Converted %

43.5

36.3

Murray has the advantage when it comes to converting break points however it’s the world number 10 who is clutch on the big moments on serve.

 

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Playing styles and prediction

In the two matches this season, Hurkacz has managed to keep a consistently high level and manage to produce his most aggressive tennis when it matters. As the race for the ATP Finals heats up a similar approach is expected from the Pole as he looks for a strong end to the season.

Murray will need to find aggressive tennis on serve and look to have an effective success rate on break point conversion. But the most important thing is that the three-time grand slam champion manages to produce bold tennis on the big points and limit Hurkacz’s ability to play the match on his terms. It will be a tough match for Murray but he will be hoping it will be third time lucky in his pursuit of getting revenge on the Pole.

Prediction: Hurkacz in three sets.

 

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