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Basel R1: Andy Murray vs Roman Sifiullin

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The two have met once before, in the Rennes Challenger in September 2021, with Safiullin winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

The 25 year old Russian, who won the boys' singles at the Australian Open in 2015, is currently ranked No. 93 (career high No. 92), having started the year as No. 167.  He distinguished himself by playing for Russia in the ATP Cup in Sydney alongside Daniil Medvedev, having been drafted in at the last minute after Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev succumbed to covid.  Against all expectations the depleted Russian team reached the semi-finals with Safiullin winning his two singles matches, the first against France's Arthur Rinderknech and the next against Australia's James Duckworth, an achievement which saw his ranking rise 21 places  to No. 146.

His most notable performance on the Tour so far this season has been reaching two ATP 250 semifinals.  The first of these came at the Open 13 in Marseille, where he beat Alexei Popyrin, Tomas Machac and Stefanos Tsitsipas before losing 6-7(4-7), 6-7(5-7) to Felix Auger-Aliassime.   His second came at the Tel Aviv Open at the beginning of this month when he defeated Hugo Grenier, Tomas Martin Etcheverry and Arthur Rinderknech before his run was ended by eventual champion Novak Djokovic to whom he lost 1-6, 6-7(3-7).  He then moved on to the Florence Open but failed to qualify.  In the qualifiers here he defeated first Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5, 6-1, then Jaume Munar 6-4, 6-3.




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[ Last edit by Aileen October 24, 2022, 08:25 pm ] IP Logged
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The match is scheduled 2nd on Centre Court today not before 2:00 pm BST.
[ Last edit by Aileen October 25, 2022, 12:29 am ] IP Logged
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Andy has a defeat to avenge and wants more success so I am positive on this one but he could well drop a set?
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Good luck Andy, rooting for you always!
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Hard match for Andy, but this should be a really good surface for him.
The courts in Gijon were pretty slow, and he doesn't generate much power these days. So a nice quick court will help, and hopefully shorten the rallies a bit too!
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Hold serve Andy
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Break back Andy
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Cmon Andy
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And he breaks back. Now consolidate that break by holding serve Andy.
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I love listening to Paul Annecone commentate. He says good things about both players, so smart about their play, has great respect for Andy.
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And he holds at love. 3 all
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1/3 of Andy’s career titles are indoor.
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Hold serve Andy
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Great second serve
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Great game for Andy 4 all
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