Brown vs. Murray
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 5, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Murray -1100 / Brown +800 --- Over/Under:
Andy Murray and Dustin Brown meet in the second round of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Andy Murray is coming off a straight sets win over Alexander Bublik that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Murray won 77 percent of his first serve points and 74 percent of his second serve points. Murray was questionable for this tournament due to a hip injury, but he was as sharp as ever in his first round win, dropping just 18 service games. If that’s a sign of things to come, Murray should be in great shape moving forward when you add his defense and return ability into the mix. Murray has never lost in the second round of the Wimbledon. Murray also hasn’t lost before the third round of a grand slam since the 2008 Australian Open. Murray has won 10 of his last 11 matches on grass court.
Dustin Brown is coming off a four sets win over Joao Sousa that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Brown won 78 percent of his first serve points and 66 percent of his second serve points. Brown won three straight sets after dropping the first one and managed to hit 54 winners to go along with 15 aces. If Brown can continue to get his first serve in play and get free points, he’ll have a shot to surprise some folks in this match. Brown hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the third time in his career. Brown’s previous two third round grand slam appearances have come at the Wimbledon. Brown has four career wins over top-10 players. Brown has split his last six matches on grass court.
These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2010 US Open, a match Murray won in straight sets. The match took 27 games to decide.
Brown is no slouch, and his shotmaking ability gives him a chance here. He has a win over Cilic this season and has beaten many previous top-10 players. However, Murray in a grand slam is just a different animal and is almost impossible to beat when he’s serving well. Judging by the opening match, Murray is fine.
I like Murray in probably three sets.