James Duckworth vs Andy Murray
|Date & Time||Monday December 31, 2018, 12:30 PM (EST)|
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Andy Murray will begin his 2019 campaign at the ATP Brisbane International where he will be facing James Duckworth from Australia.
Andy Murray had a tough 2018 season as the Scottish superstar struggled with injury which prevented him from playing a large portion of the tournament. The last time Andy Murray played was at the Shenzhen Open in China meaning that he has not played a competitive game in over 3 months. While it will not be easy for Murray to start on a high after such a long break, the Scotting superstar is very experienced and skilled and he will head into this clash as the favourite. Andy Murray’s record in Australia is amazing as he has made 5 Australian Open finals. Furthermore, Andy Murray has won this particular tournament twice in the past.
On the other side of the coin, James Duckworth enters this match with the hope that he can cause a major upset in his home country. It was a tough 2018 season for James Duckworth as he failed to qualify for many major events including the Australian Open and also the 2018 ATP Brisbane International. On paper, it is hard to see how James Duckworth will compete with Andy Murray as the Australian is far less accomplished and skilled when compared to the Scot.
James Duckworth and Andy Murray have played once in the past on which occasion Murray won. Murray’s victory over Duckworth was at the 2018 US Open.
While James Duckworth will have the backing of the Australian crowd in Brisbane, I see him struggling to compete against Andy Murray. Murray is an exceptional player and he should have an easy match considering he is far more accomplished when compared with his opponent. I see Andy Murray easing into the second round of the 2018 ATP Brisbane International.