Lu vs. Murray
|Date & Time||Thursday June 30, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Andy Murray and Yen-Hsun Lu square off early in the second round of the 2016 Wimbledon.
Andy Murray is coming off a straight sets win over Liam Broady that took over an hour and a half. In the victory, Murray won 49 of his 75 first serve points and racked up 31 winners and 18 unforced errors. Murray continues to play flawless tennis, as he’s now won 20 of his last 22 matches and making his opponents work for every single point. Murray is easily playing some of the best tennis of his career at the moment and has his eyes set on his third career grand slam title. Murray has reached at least the third round of a grand slam in every tournament since the 2008 French Open. Murray has won 16 of his last 17 matches on grass.
Yen-Hsun Lu is coming off a straight sets win over Alexander Kudryavtsev that took an hour and a half to finish. In the victory, Lu won 53 of his 83 first serve points and racked up 29 winners and 13 unforced errors. Lu has to be very confident considering he’s now won 11 straight matches heading into this match. Granted, those wins came in challenger play, but it’s clear the 32-year-old is in good form at the moment and should be ready for the challenge. Lu does have seven wins over top-10 players but none of those have taken place since 2014. Lu looks for his first third round appearance in a grand slam since the 2012 Australian Open. Lu has won 11 straight matches on grass.
These two have played four times in the past and Murray has won three of those matches. The most recent match came in the 2015 Queen's Club Championships, a match Murray won in straight sets. Lu’s lone win over Murray came in the 2008 Olympics. This will be the third match on grass.
Lu is playing good tennis right now and could push Murray to a couple of competitive sets. However, winning simply isn’t happening. Murray is playing some of his best tennis ever right now and is the second favorite to win this tournament.
Give me Murray in straight sets.