In the opening round of the Gijon Open on Monday, sixth seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina will take on Andy Murray.
Murray returned to the top 50 of the ATP rankings after some encouraging results so far this season. He lost to Aslan Karatsev and Matteo Berrettini in the finals of the Sydney International and the BOSS Open in Stuttgart, respectively. After defeating Francisco Cerundolo, the 24th seed, and Emilio Nava, Murray advanced to the third round of the US Open. He was defeated in four sets by eventual quarterfinalist Berrettini, though. The former World No. 1 then competed for Team Europe in the Laver Cup, where he fell to Alex de Minaur in his only singles encounter.
The accomplishment that stands out the most for Davidovich Fokina this season is his victory over Taylor Fritz and Novak Djokovic to go to the Monte-Carlo Masters final. The Spaniard performed well at the US Open, defeating Marton Fucsovics, Daniel Galan, and Yoshihito Nishioka to advance to the Round of 16. He had never previously advanced to the fourth round of a hard-court Major. He ultimately fell to Berrettini. After that, Davidovich Fokina competed in the Astana Open but lost to Pavel Kotov in the first round.
Murray vs Davidovich Fokina Match Details
Tournament: Gijon Open
Date: October 11, 2022
Venue: Gijon, Spain
Round: First round
Category: Men’s Singles
Prize Money: $612,000
Murray vs Davidovich Fokina Head-to-Head Record
This will be their first encounter so the head-to-head is at 0-0.
Murray vs Davidovich Fokina Prediction
Murray plays strong defence but can swiftly transition to offence. The 35-year-pace old’s has slowed recently, and he now concentrates on being as error-free as possible. His serve can still get him a couple unearned points. On the other hand, Davidovich Fokina enjoys playing aggressively and with a sense of adventure. With his strong groundstrokes, the young Spaniard will try to move Murray about the court. With one of the most effective drop shots on the tour, he can also provide some variety. It’s difficult to predict who will win this clash of dissimilar styles. However, Murray’s background could push him over the edge.
Prediction: Murray to win in 3
Murray Last three performances
- Laver Cup: Group stage- l. de Minaur 7-5, 3-6, 7-10
- US Open: Third round- l. Berrettini 4-6, 4-6, 7-6(1), 3-6
- US Open: Second round- b. Nava 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-0
Davidovich Fokina Last three performances
- Astana Open: First round- l. Kotov 4-6, 4-6
- US Open: Fourth round- l. Berrettini 6-3, 6-7(2), 3-6, 6-4, 2-6
- US Open: Third round- b. Galan 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- US – Tennis Channel
- UK – Tennis TV (live streaming)
- Australia – beIN Sports
- Canada – TSN
- India – Discovery/ Tennis TV
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