Sandgren vs. Murray
|Date & Time||Monday August 28, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Andy Murray and Tennys Sandgren meet in the first round of the 2017 US Open.
Andy Murray is coming off a quarterfinal appearance in the Wimbledon and should be well rested considering he hasn’t played a hard court match since the Indian Wells Masters. Murray has had his hiccups here and there this season, especially on clay, but his return and defense remains as sharp as ever, and he’s obviously one of the tougher players to beat when he has that going for him. New York is also one of Murray’s favorite places to play, as he’s won 80 percent of his career matches in the US Open. Murray hasn’t lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2008 Australian Open. Murray has won eight of his last 10 matches on hard court.
Tennys Sandgren has just seven main tour matches under his belt, but he’s remained busy by having a great deal of success in challenger play. Sandgren also can’t be overlooked considering he did beat Nick Kyrgios in Washington before Australian retired. Sandgren is a 26-year-old American who could get the crowd behind him early with a strong start, and he shouldn’t be that intimated considering he has played other solid players recently in Jiri Vesely and Kyle Edmund. It’s all about a quick start to build confidence and convince the crowd you have a chance. Sandgren has never made the second round of a grand slam. Sandgren has won five of his last eight matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
Sandgren is no pushover despite his lack of experience on the main tour, so taking the over (once a line is released) may be worth a look here. But as far as a victory, experience does matter, and that’s where Sandgren comes up short. You don’t go from playing less than 10 matches to beating one of the best in the world on the big stage. Murray also doesn’t lose in the first round of grand slams, and he’s rested & ready to go.
Murray advances in straight sets.