• Andy Murray [WC] v Nikoloz Basilashvili [24]
  • H2H: First Meeting
LONDON, ENGLAND – Andy Murray returns to grand slam tennis at Wimbledon as he takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili on Monday.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Andy Murray [WC] v Nikoloz Basilashvili [24]

H2H: First Meeting

Wimbledon

London, England

Grass (O)

Prize Money: £48,000

Third on Centre Court, not before 5pm, BST

BBC Sport

Andy Murray will look to take positives from his Queen’s Club loss to Matteo Berrettini as he takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili in his first round match at Wimbledon.

 

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

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H2H:

Andy Murray (WR 119)

Nikoloz Basilashvili (WR 28)

Tournament Previous Best

Winner (2013, 2016)

R3 (2015)

1st Serve %

64.6

59.3

Service Games Won %

83.3

85.2

Break Points Saved %

62.5

78.7

2nd Serve Return Points Won %

53.7

50.2

Break Points Converted %

50

34.8

Murray dominates in the majority of the statistics so far in the grass court season but will need to defend his serve better when break points down. This will be one of the keys to Murray getting the victory against his Georgian opponent.

 

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Playing styles and prediction

Basilashvili has had a good season having won the title in Doha where he beat Roger Federer on his way to victory. The Georgian is one of the biggest hitters on the tour and will take advantage of any spaces he can find on the court especially on the forehand side.

However generally Murray will like this match-up, where he can change the paces and the direction of the balls to test Basilashvili’s defensive skills. The Brit is one of the best of all time at doing that especially on return, so the main area to solve is how fit will Murray be in a best of five set scenario? That is a question we’re going to get an answer to on Monday but should he be at his best this is a match that Murray will savour.

Prediction: Murray in four sets.

 

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