Rogers Cup Montreal Preview – Andy Murray v Gilles Muller

I think it is fair to say that if at the end of the year there was an award for the most entertaining match of the year on the tour it would not be the meeting of Murray v Robredo. With the match being suspended the day before at 4-4 40-30 it did kind of lack that intensity and the build up had all gone away.

It was quite a low tempo-ed match with Murray in control of the majority of the rallies and was impressive off the serve and especially the forehand hitting 10 winners in the match including a lovely hook one out wide to end a rally.

How in the third round Murray will play a much more tricky opponent in Gilles Muller who have improved an awful lot this year. At the end of the year when the awards are given out for the most improved player on the ATP tour Gilles Muller deserves to be running for that award and it shouldn’t matter about his age. Gilles is coached by Jamie Delgado who is a former British tennis player and a good friend of Murray’s.

Gilles reached a career high of 34 earlier on in the year and is having his best year on the tour at the age of 32 which is a commitment to his dedication for the sport to always improve. His main weapon is the serve. Before this week in 40 matches this year he has hit 554 aces averaging just under 14 aces a match and only about 3 double faults a match. He has been impressive on his serve with 80% of first serves in and has saved 73% of break points this year. His return game isn’t that good with only 22% of first serves returned won however if Murray is serving poor then he will go after the second serve. Another strength is the forehand, out of no where he can produce sensational power and produce winners from the back of the court.

This is going to be a tough match for Murray. They have met twice this year in Doha and Queen’s and Murray had to come up with some exceptional tennis to defeat him from a set down at Queens. Murray has to serve well and can’t afford to lose concentration at all. I do think Murray will extend his lead in the H2H to 5-0 but it will be tricky against an opponent who just defeated Monfils in three sets.

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