Andy Murray will play with Yoshihito Nishioka at the US Open on September 1. Will the Briton be able to start with a victory in New York? – read our forecast.
Murray continues to gradually return to the previous level. Recall that last year the British had a hip replacement surgery. Now it is made of metal. As practice shows, this circumstance does not cause particular discomfort for Andy. He remains a competitive tennis player.
For example, at the recent Masters in New York, Murray managed to get to the 1/8 finals of the competition. In the course of the tournament, the Briton dealt with such tennis players as Francis Tiafoe (7-6, 3-6, 6-1) and Alexander Zverev (6-3, 3-6, 7-5). So Andy is still in the ranks and is ready to fight for a return to at least the first hundred of the world rankings.
Nishioka has n’t played since February, so it’s hard to tell what kind of physical condition the Japanese tennis player is in. Of course, he is not one of those who will chill out during a break, which was associated in world sports with the coronavirus pandemic.
But, nevertheless, it is difficult to return to the court without playing practice. Nishioka played his last match at the end of February. Then the Japanese in the first round of the tournament in Dubai did not manage to do anything with the French tennis player Pierre-Hugues Herbert (5-7, 2-6).
Previously, tennis players have not met each other.
At a recent tournament in New York, Murray reached the 1/8 finals.
Nishioka hasn’t played since February.
Murray in all respects should be better prepared for the upcoming fight than his opponent. Nishioka has not played since February – the Japanese have not participated in any exhibition tournaments, so it’s hard to say anything about his readiness to play at the US Open.
Murray, on the other hand, has been actively preparing for the Major since June. At a recent tournament in New York, Andy managed to reach the 1/8 finals – during the competition, the Briton dealt with such tennis players as Tiafoe and Alexander Zverev. So in the upcoming match we give preference to Murray.
Our prediction is that Murray will win with a handicap (-5) of games for a coefficient of 1.89 in BC Parimatch.