• Andy Murray [WC] v Nick Kyrgios
  • H2H: Murray leads 5-1

WINSTON-SALEM, USA – Andy Murray continues his preparations for the US Open as he takes on Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster opening round in Winston-Salem.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Andy Murray [WC] v Nick Kyrgios

H2H: Murray leads 5-1

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After a positive week in Cincinnati, Andy Murray now takes on Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster opening match in Winston-Salem.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021)

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H2H:

Andy Murray (WR 105)

Nick Kyrgios (WR 81)

Tournament Previous Best

R1 (2019)

N/A

1st Serve %

59.9

69

Service Games Won %

76.4

87.5

Break Points Saved %

53.8

60.7

2nd Serve Return Points Won %

53

44.2

Break Points Converted %

40.3

32.5

As expected Kyrgios dominates the serving statistics by some distance but Murray’s returning could be a game-changer in a match where his opponent doesn’t often feel comfortable in exchanging long and gruelling rallies.

 

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Playing styles and prediction

Since returning the tour, Kyrgios has won back-to-back matches at three of six tournaments he has played with key results being against Ugo Humbert and Kevin Anderson. However physical obstacles and lack of motivation have been key factors in the Australian not being able to reach latter stages of tournaments.

The courts at Winston-Salem are expected to be quick which will obviously favour Kyrgios as he will be able to serve efficiently and effectively. However Murray’s returning against Hurkacz last week was hugely encouraging and if the Brit can construct the points off the return effectively then this could be a fairly comfortable night for the Brit. Whatever happens two things are guaranteed a tough test for Murray ahead of the US Open and lots of entertaining drama.

Prediction: Murray in straight sets.

 

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