Montpellier (1st round): Egor Gerasimov – Andy Murray

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This will be a first between these two players.

Tournament history

This is the first time that Egor Gerasimov and Andy Murray are taking part in this ATP 250 in Montpellier.

Analysis

It’s the return of Adny Murray. Remember, he was unable to travel to Australia because he tested positive for Covid-19. Stranded in England, he was unable to reach an agreement to take a later flight. The Scotsman then took the opportunity to travel to Italy where he took part in the Biella Challenger, indoors. He crashed in the final against Marchenko.

Egor Gerasimov is a danger on this surface. The Belarusian has indeed an excellent service which allows him to stay often safe on this fast surface. Let’s also highlight the fact that he has been playing interesting tennis since the beginning of the season. He has indeed won against Lloyd Harris, Marton Fucsovics and Benoit Paire (he is an amateur player if you don’t know the latter). He also put Felix Auger-Aliassime in trouble in Melbourne.

Now, let’s be objective, the key to this match is in the hands of Andy Murray. The British has all the qualities required to win against this opponent. He knows how to raise the big servers, and he has the ability to force his opponents to play an extra move. Egor Gerasimov is not the most comfortable when he has to play rallies. He’d rather cut short of that by taking risks or going up to the net. If Andy Murray manages to push him into his entrenchment, the Belarusian could well make more than one fault.

Andy Murray was able to get back on his feet in indoor last week. As a result I think he’ll be able to get through his first match. And that’s even though we can expect an undecided tiebreak in this match.

Prediction: Andy Murray wins

Medium risk

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