Lucas Pouille vs. Andy Murray
|Date & Time||Monday August 13, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Andy Murray and Lucas Pouille meet in the first round of the tennis Cincinnati Open.
Andy Murray won three matches in the Citi Open and then decided to withdraw from the tournament after a win over Alex De Minaur that took three hours to finish. Murray said he was simply exhausted due to playing so much tennis in a short span and not quite having his feet under him since returning from injury. It isn’t easy to go from not playing matches for several months to playing four or five matches in as many days. It’s going to be interesting to see how Murray handles this tournament, as I’m sure he’s still going to be cautious, but there’s only so many warm up matches left before the US Open. You know Murray wants to be fit for the last major of the year. Murray has split his last six matches on hard court.
Lucas Pouille enters this tournament in rough form, as he’s lost six of his last nine matches and losing his match in Toronto to a player ranked outside of the top-100. In the losing effort, Pouille won just 36 percent of his second serve points and 28 percent of his return points. Needless to say, Pouille has seen better days, as he hasn’t looked sharp since making the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships back in March. However, Pouille is still a top-20 player in the world, so he can’t be overlooked. Pouille has played just one career match in the Cincinnati Open, which was a loss to Nick Kyrgios in 2016. Pouille has lost four of his last five matches on hard court.
These two have played four times and Murray has won all four matches. The most recent meeting was in Dubai of 2017, a match Murray won in straight sets. Murray is 8-0 against Pouille in all time sets.
Before his retirement, Murray was playing some pretty solid tennis. Rusty, but he showed flashes of being ready to go once getting a few more reps under his belt. Pouille is losing to players he shouldn’t be losing to and has to have zero confidence at the moment. Throw in the head to head numbers and Murray grinds out a victory.
Murray chips off more rust.