Andy Murray vs. Matteo Berrettini
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 10:00 PM (National Tennis Center)
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Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis Beijing.
Andy Murray is coming off a second match exit in Zhuhai and has played just seven matches since the Australian Open. Murray is trying to work his way back from a hip injury, and he’s done well as of late, which includes a couple of wins in challenger play and six sets in China. At this point it’s all about getting as many reps as possible and getting back in the swing of things. One that happens, Murray will be able to focus more on the results and have greater expectations of advancing. Murray has lost his opening match in three of his last four main tour tournaments. Murray has split his last six matches on hard court.
Matteo Berrettini is coming off a second match exit in St. Petersburg and has won 10 of his last 15 matches overall. Berrettini is coming off a tough loss that included two tiebreaks and zero breaks in a near two hour match. Berrettini has been serving at a high level and hitting his spots with confidence, the same formula that allowed him to make the semifinals of the US Open. As long as Berrettini isn’t piling up the unforced errors, he should like his chances to be a factor in this tournament as well. Berrettini has lost his opening match three times since Miami. Berrettini has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Murray doesn’t have enough reps under his belt at the moment to think he can beat a top-15 player in the world. Berrettini has been very consistent these last several months and has the potential to be a factor in this tournament as well with his shotmaking ability. While he’s been competitive lately, Murray should be focused on getting matches out of the way more than actually winning. Murray has to get his feet under him as he works his way back from hip surgery.
Berrettini advances to the next round.