Murray is set to take on Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in their second round singles match on the centre court
Following his 6-3, 6-0, 6-1 victory against fellow Brit Ryan Peniston on Tuesday, Andy Murray is set to take on Greece’s Stefanos Tsitspias in the singles second round on centre court on Thursday afternoon. Murray is searching for his third Wimbledon title, and a win against his Greek opponent would certainly boost his chances of doing just that.
His most recent Wimbledon title win came back in 2016 when he faced Canada’s Milos Raonic in the final. Murray was able to seal his second title after securing a 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 victory in what is also Murray’s most recent major title win as of the time of writing. This was his second, with his maiden Wimbledon win coming in 2013.
The win in 2013 came up against Novak Djokovic, and he was able to seal a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory on centre court against the Serbian. This win also made Murray the first British man to win the singles title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry did just that after beating Gottfried von Cramm 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in the 1935 singles final.
Back in the present day, there are positives for Murray. Tsitsipas’s worst surface to play on is grass, and he has only recorded one win on this surface, with his last being a win in the Halle Open against Grégoire Barrère in June. Murray also emerged victorious when they met in Stuttgart last year in the Quarter Final of the 2022 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
Fitness is another factor that may be in Murray’s favour on Thursday afternoon. Murray has had a full day of resting following his aforementioned victory against Ryan Peniston earlier this week.
As for Tsitspias, he has not had this luxury, having just come off the back of his intense five set victory against Austria’s Dominic Thiem on Wednesday. Murray also knows that his opponent’s backhand is a potential weakness to exploit.
Regarding the head-to-head record, Murray has won both of their meetings to date, including that victory in Stuttgart last year. It will, of course, still be a difficult match for Murray, ranked 40 in the world, with his Greek opponent currently ranked 5th as of the time of writing.
Tsitsipas is 12 years younger than Murray, and this may be a factor in deciding who will win this match, but as a former number 1 and 2 time Wimbledon Champion, there is a strong chance that Murray will show his class and secure his spot in the next round.
The home crowd will be there to cheer Murray on as he looks to keep his hopes of a third Wimbledon title alive.
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