Andy Murray faces another tough early round test when he takes on second seed Casper Ruud in the Last 16…
Andy Murray faces another tough early round test when he takes on second seed Casper Ruud in the Last 16 of the 2021 San Diego Open.
Former world number one Murray continues to prove a formidable test for the top ranked players and affirmed that at the Moselle Open last week when he defeated Ugo Humbert and Vasek Pospisil before losing out to eventual champion Hubert Hurkacz in the Quarter-Finals.
Despite a surgically repaired hip, 34-year-old Murray remains agile around the court and will be determined to improve on his current world ranking of 109.
The two-time Wimbledon champion received a wildcard entry into the San Diego Open and was due to face Kei Nishikori in Round One, but the Japanese star withdrew just hours before the match, meaning Murray took on Denis Kudla and prevailed in straight sets.
Murray now faces an opponent 12 years his junior and ranked world number ten, having enjoyed tournament wins on clay in Geneva, Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel.
Ruud, who turned pro in 2015, is yet to surpass the Fourth Round stage of a Grand Slam but has been a regular at the back end of ATP events in recent years.
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two players, and current form suggests Norwegian star Ruud may just have too much for the veteran Brit.
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