Cincinnati Preview – Andy Murray v Mardy Fish

After another fantastic week on the tour there isnโ€™t time to celebrate his title win and victory against Djokovic in Montreal as Andy Murray heads to Cincinnati in search of a third Masters 1000 title of the year but will begin his tournament against an opponent who share the H2H at 50/50 with 4 wins each.

Before his win against Victor Troicki in the first round the last time Mardy Fish won a match on the ATP tour was back in 2013 when he beat Evgeny Donskoy at Winston Salem almost 2 years ago. The American who was once ranked within the top 10 in the world is on a bit of a retirement tour. It is great to see Mardy winning another match but I do think head to head goes out of the window for this match as Murray should have too much for the American.

Their last meeting was back in 2011 at Cincinnati in the semi-finals with Murray winning in three sets and their first ever meeting was 10 years ago with Mardy winning in three sets in Indianapolis. After just 1 win in 2 years it would take something incredible for him to beat Murray. Murray played some exceptional tennis in Montreal last week to defeat Gilles Muller, Tommy Robredo, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic to win his second Masters 1000 title of the year and the only way I can see Murray losing this is if the world number two is tired and I would be very surprised if he is.

I never like to completely write off a player but the stats from Mardyโ€™ win were very impressive:

Aces โ€“ 9
Double Faults โ€“ 0
First Serve % – 54%
First Serve Points Won โ€“ 19/26 (73%)
Second Serve Points Won โ€“ 16/22 (72%)
Break Points Saved โ€“ 3/3 (100%)

That is very impressive. What impressed me the most about these stats is the second serve points won. Usually players are winning for example 40-55% of points on their second serve but to win 72% is very impressive indeed and almost as effective as his first serve which was 73% including 9 aces and of course 0 double faults.

At the end of the day I just canโ€™t see Murray losing this one the way he played against Djokovic in Montreal was exceptional. He served well and was very strong off the two handed backhand and the forehand but especially the backhand shot! I see nothing but a straight sets win for Murray and I will be surprised if anything else happened!

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