|Andy Murray (GBR), 5||vs||Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP), 23|
ScheduleFriday, 27 June 2014 at 14:45 GMT / 15:45 UK / 20:15 IST
VenueCenter Court, Wimbledon
Andy Murray, currently 5th on the ATP ranking, is playing Roberto Bautista Agut, who is currently 23rd in the rankings.
Agut, the Spaniard who is currently in a good form, is playing some of the best tennis in his career so far. He’s progressed a lot since last season, so much that he is now on the 23rd place in the ATP ranking. One of his best matches was a victory against Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets (6-4, 6-3), and his greatest success is reaching the semifinal of the tournament in Madrid, where he lost to his countryman Rafael Nadal in straight sets (6-4, 6-3). He’s stated himself that after the victory against Juan Martin Del Potro he feels more motivated and that he now believes he can defeat any player, so it’s to be expected that he is going to be extra motivated when he faces Andy Murray.
He earned the chance to play against Murray by defeating the German player Hernych. He dropped a set in this match but won it 3-1. Hernych had trouble with Agut’s serve, and the Spaniard’s strong forehand was even harder to compete with. Some of his serves were even as fast as 200kmh.
Andy Murray is the defending champion on Wimbledon this year and is currently on the 5th place of the ATP ranking. He’s not having a great season so far, considering that he has yet to win a title this year and that his current season statistics shows 29 won and 11 lost matches. He’s had trouble with injuries, but that didn’t stop him from reaching the quarterfinal of Miami, where he was stopped by Djokovic who didn’t let him win a set. After that his form dropped, and he didn’t manage to do much on the tournaments in Madrid and Rome. At Roland Garros, he had an exciting match in the quarterfinal against Gael Monfils. Murray squandered the 2-0 lead, but Monfils had expended all of his energy and was no match for the Scott in the fifth set, who managed to win. In the semifinal he was easily defeated by Rafael Nadal 3-0.
Murray predicts his next opponent will break into the top 20, and says he will not underestimate him. Agut’s style of play is atypical for a Spaniard as he doesn’t rely on spins, which is why the grass surface will suit his style of play.
These two players have never met in a competitive match before but they know each other since the tournament in Madrid, when Agut trained with Murray.
It is expected that Murray will win this match easily, as he is the defending champion. We’ll see how motivated is Agut going to be against him, and if he can justify his statements about being able to defeat any player.