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Andy Murray vs. Martin Klizan 2017 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Klizan vs. Murray
Date & Time Thursday June 1, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
Tennis, NBC
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Andy Murray and Martin Klizan meet in the second round of the 2017 French Open.

Andy Murray is coming off a four set win over Andrey Kuznetsov that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Murray won 72 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Murray dropped just two games in his final two sets and won 54 percent of his return points for the match. Murray also converted on nine of his 10 break chances and had just 24 unforced errors. While it wasn't the quick three setter you'd like, Murray showed he can find that second gear rather quickly when needed. Murray has not been bounced before the third round of a grand slam since the 2008 Australian Open. Murray has made the third round of the French Open every year since 2008. Murray has won six of his last 10 matches on clay court.

Martin Klizan is coming off a five set win over Laurent Lokoli that took 48 games to decide. In the victory, Klizan won 67 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Klizan needed five sets despite getting off to a 2-0 set lead, and it had a lot to do with his 81 unforced errors. Klizan was broken seven times and wasn’t good with his second serve, things he’ll need to clean up to have any chance in this match. Klizan has three career wins over top-10 players, but none have come since 2014. Klizan hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time since the 2014 French Open. Klizan has made the third round of the French Open once in his career. Klizan has won five of his last seven matches on clay court.

These two have played once in the past, which came in the 2016 Vienna Open, a match Murray won in three sets. The match took 28 games to decide. This will obviously be their first match on clay.

Klizan played a lot of tennis to expect him to come out sharp against the top ranked player in the world. He’s had little grand slam success recently and hasn't beaten a top-10 player in three years. Not to mention Klizan just had a truckload of unforced errors and showed a weak second serve. Murray will have his way in this match and could easily make it a three setter if he plays with the energy that he played with in the final two sets of his opening match.

Give me Murray in straight sets.

Pick:
Andy Murray

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