Andy Murray aims to continue his resurgent run of form when he faces Kei Nishikori in the opening round of…
Andy Murray aims to continue his resurgent run of form when he faces Kei Nishikori in the opening round of the 2021 San Diego Open.
Arguably the stand-out tie of the First Round sees the two wildcards go head-to-head for the right to take on second seed Casper Ruud in Round Two.
Former world number one Murray continues to prove a formidable test for the top ranked players and proved as much 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.
Nishikori is another player vying to reclaim his former glories, with the Japanese star having reached the final of the US Open in 2014, as well as a further nine Grand Slam Quarter-Finals.
Now ranked 52, Nishikori has also suffered from multiple injury setbacks but remains a dangerous operator on all surfaces.
His best run in a Grand Slam this season came at the French Open – where he reached the Fourth Round before eventually losing out to Alexander Zverev.
Murray has dominated the head-to-heads, winning nine of their previous 11 meetings, most recently in the Quarter-Finals at Roland Garros in 2017.
Expect a relatively close-run contest between these two stalwarts, with over 22.5 total games a sensible play at 10/11 with Bet365.
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