Alejandro Davidovich Fokina will meet Andy Murray in the First Round of the 2022 Gijon Open. The match will be played on Tuesday October 11th, 2022.
A blockbuster First Round match is on the cards here at the Gijon Open as sixth seeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina does battle with former world number one Andy Murray. This match truly can go either way and will be very exciting to watch, who will win and advance?
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is the sixth seed here at the Gijon Open and is ranked 31st in the world. The Spaniard will be relishing playing at home, but the draw has not been kind to him as he will face Andy Murray in the First Round. That is about as hard as it gets early on, and what makes matters worse is that he hasn't been in the greatest form recently. While he has had some strong results like reaching the Monte-Carlo Open Final and recently the fourth round at the US Open, he has had a string of early losses like his opening round loss in Astana. He should be considered the slight favorite here for the clash with Murray, but only just.
Andy Murray is ranked 46th on the ATP Tour and is unseeded here at the Gijon Open. The Scotsman has finally began to find his form again after lengthy injury struggles, but once he is fully fit he is a force to be reckoned with. While he has slowed down a bit, he still has a wealth of experience and will use that to his advantage. Davidovich Fokina is the favorite here, but Murray will be very confident heading into this match knowing that he has enough quality to get the job done.
This match will likely go the distance and can go either way. It likely will come down to who has the better day, and I am backing Andy Murray here. Once he is fit, and I suspect he is, he should be too consistent and too solid from the baseline for the sometimes erratic Spaniard. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is exceptional on his day and can definitely win this, but the smart money is on the experience and defence of Andy Murray pulling this one out, moving on to the Round of 16 here at the Gijon Open.