Murray vs Auger Aliassime: any chance for sir Andy?
On July 25, Andy Murray and Felix Auger Aliassime face off in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics. Can the former World №1 fight off the young Canadian? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Ever since his return to the tour, Murray has struggled: playing with a metal plate in your thigh is not easy. Murray's technique and skill, of course, remain, but he lacks in speed. This is can be taken advantage of by young tennis players who don't yet have any physical problems. A good example of that was the match between Murray and Auger Aliassime at the US Open 2020. Then Felix easily defeated the former World №1 with a score of 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Andy's last appearance was at Wimbledon. After hard victories over Nikoloz Basilashvili and Oscar Otte, he lost to Matteo Berrettini in three sets.
Felix Auger Aliassime
Auger Aliassime is showing excellent tennis this season. He is especially good at playing on fast courts: on hard and on grass. For example, at the Australian Open, he reached the last 16, and at Wimbledon, he made it all the way to the quarterfinals. Thanks to the latest successes, Felix has climbed to 15th place in the world rankings. This is his best achievement so far. However, he sometimes lacks stability, so you never know what to expect from the Canadian tennis player.
Only two sets have been played in 4 of Murray's last 6 matches.
In 4 of the last 5 matches of the Briton, no more than nine games were played in the second set.
It is difficult for Murray to play against fast athletes. And Auger-Aliassime, without a doubt, has speed. A year ago, the Canadian easily defeated the British at the US Open. Most likely, he will not give the veteran any chance in this match either.
Our prediction - Felix Auger Aliassime to win with the handicap of (-3) games.
Prediction: Handicap (-3) to Auger Aliassime
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In the only head-to-head match, Auger Aliassime confidently defeated Murray without losing a set. We expect a similar outcome at the Olympics.
Second prediction - total under 22.5 games.