Bublik vs. Murray
|Date & Time||Monday July 3, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Murray -3100 / Bublik +1600 -- Over/Under:
Andy Murray and Alexander Bublik meet in the first round of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Andy Murray wasn’t guaranteed to play in this tournament due to a hip injury, but he says he feels fine after a few practices and is ready to defend his Wimbledon crown. Murray enters this tournament with one grass court match under his belt but did reach the semifinals of the French Open. We know what Murray does in this tournament when healthy, but health is the main question for the top ranked player in the world. Murray has never lost in the first round of the Wimbledon and hasn’t lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2008 Australian Open. Murray has won 10 of his last 11 matches on grass court.
Alexander Bublik qualified for this tournament after wining two of three matches and has a shot at the biggest win of his career at 20 years old. Bublik is making just his third grand slam appearance and has played less than 10 ATP matches in his young career. The good news is Bublik has won four ITF titles since April of last year and has displayed an effective serve during those victories. The concern with Bublik are the obvious nerves having never been in this situation before against such a quality player. Bublik did reach the second round of the Australian Open, his only grand slam success. Bublik has split his last six matches on grass court.
This will be their first meeting on the tennis court.
If Murray didn’t think he could compete or make a deep run, he probably wouldn’t be playing this tournament, so I’m going to assume he’s in good condition and the hip won’t be an issue in the opening round. With that being the case, I’m taking Murray to win. The edge in talent and experience will be too much for Bublik to overcome.
Murray wins probably in straight sets.