Andy Murray vs. David Ferrer
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 26, 2016, 10:00 PM (EST)|
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David Ferrer and Andy Murray square off in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open.
David Ferrer is coming off a straight sets win over John Isner and has yet to drop a set this tournament. Ferrer is getting at least 52 percent of his first serves in play and is winning no less than 68 percent of those points. Ferrer has racked up 60 winners in his last two matches and has just 38 unforced errors during those matches. Unlike most tournaments, Ferrer has yet to really be pushed in a match and has been able to save himself for these later rounds. A fresh Ferrer is quite dangerous to the rest of the field. Ferrer has lost in the quarterfinal of a grand slam five times since 2013. However, Ferrer has reached the semifinal of the AO twice in his career.
Andy Murray is coming off a straight sets win over Bernard Tomic and has dropped one set this tournament. Murray is getting at least 57 percent of his first serves in play and is winning no less than 73 percent of those points. Murray has combined for 84 winners in his last two matches and has 22 or less unforced errors in three of his four matches overall. Murray looks to be in good shape and has been playing incredibly clean tennis with no more than 32 unforced errors in all four matches. Murray is capable of winning the tournament in his current form. Murray has lost the quarterfinal of a grand slam three times since 2014. Murray has made at least the semifinal of the AO in five of the last six years.
These two have played 18 times in the past, and Murray has won 12 of those meetings, including the last five. The most recent match was in last year’s ATP World Tour Finals, a match Murray won in straight sets. Ferrer’s last win over Murray came in the 2014 Shanghai Masters. This will be the 13th time Ferrer and Murray meet on hard court.
This should be a fun match, as Ferrer gives up nothing easy and should be extremely fresh after cruising to this point. However, Murray has owned the history between these two and is simply the better player. Murray also thrives in this tournament.
Hard seeing Murray lose this one.