Andy Murray vs Marinko Matosevic: Australian Open 2015 match preview

A look ahead to the second-round match in the men’s singles

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Andy Murray, the three-time finalist, is looking to lift his first Australian Open trophy. However, for players from outside the top four the draw is never favourable.

Murray, currently ranked 6th might have to face players like Grigor Dimitrov, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal en route to the potential final against Novak Djokovic. All of which, have stopped his Grand Slam trophy runs in the past.

Murray began his campaign with a win over former junior world no. 1 Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.

He will now face Marinko ‘Mad Dog’ Matosevic of Australia, who by defeating Alexander Kudryavtsev in the first round recorded his first ever hometown win.

Murray has the upper hand going into the game, not only because of his experience and a favourable head to head (2:0) record, but also because of an easier first-round encounter.

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Andy Murray beat Yuri Bhambri in the first round 6-3, 6-4, 7-6

Matosevic, ranked 81st, needed five sets (6-4, 6-7, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6) and three and a half hours to send Kudryavtsev packing.

In the next round the winner of this match will face either Joao Sousa or Marin Klizan.

START:

Wednesday, Margaret Court Arena, not before 1.30 am

PAST MEETINGS:

2014- Roland Garros (Clay) Murray won 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

2013 – London Queen’s  (Grass) Murray won 6-2, 6-2

STATS:

2015 marks Murray’s 10th start at the Australian Open.

Murray has reached most of his Grand Slam finals in Melbourne (3). He reached two in London, two in New York and none in Paris.    

Andy Murray hasn’t lost in the second round of any Grand Slam since 2005.

Matosevic has never advanced past the second round at any Grand Slam before.

ODDS:

Murray to win 1.05

Matosevic to win 17.5

TV: British Eurosport

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