Andy Murray vs. Stan Wawrinka - 2020 French Open First Round
Sunday, September 27 2020
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It is probably a dream 'Grand Slam Final' we all would have wanted to see a few years ago in the first round of the 2020 French Open as Stan Wawrinka meets Andy Murray on Sunday, September 27th 2020. Will Andy Murray be able to beat Wawrinka again since their last meeting, or will Wawrinka's skills on clay ensure his victory?
Stan Wawrinka had a terrible start to the clay court season on the ATP Tour this year, losing in his first match at the Rome Masters last week to the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-0/7-6. Wawrinka just could not hit the ball properly on that day and that is not the Wawrinka we know. The former French Open Champion has definitely taken the last week and a half to ensure his game is up to speed to get through the first few rounds here in Paris, because if he has not, he might as well pack his bags already and go home. However, Wawrinka has a lot of experience, especially on clay, and is capable of destroying opponents when he is on top of his game.
Andy Murray played very well both at the Cincinnati Masters and at the US Open a few weeks ago and is showing signs of improvement in his game. Murray was dearly missed on the ATP Tour for so long and we are so glad to see him being able to beat the big names in the sport again, such as Alexander Zverev. Murray has not played a competitive match on clay yet this season, so I think it is going to be tough for him to be both physically and game ready when he will be stepping onto the court on Sunday, but with Murray you never know he might be playing the best tennis of his life.
This is going to be the 21st meeting between these two players, with Andy Murray leading the head to head 12-8. These two met last year in Antwerp in the Final in which Wawrinka was a set and nearly two breaks up to win the match. However, as Murray has shown time and time again throughout his career, he will fight until the very last point and not give up. I think Murray has improved since that match and he is going to be a threat to Wawrinka, but I think Wawrinka is still the better player with the better clay-court game. I expect this to be a 4 set victory for Wawrinka.