Vienna R1: (5) Hurkacz vs. (WC) Murray

Mainad

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Andy really really needs to get his ranking up so as to avoid meeting top players in early rounds but it's a vicious circle for him. He can't get his ranking up until he starts going deep in tournaments which meeting top players in the early rounds makes it very hard for him to do (as we are seeing).

Those damned Antwerp points from 2 years ago only just coming off certainly hasn't helped. As I said before maybe he should focus on doing more Challengers which should give him a chance to win more matches and gain ranking points more easily!
 
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mightyjeditribble

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Andy really really needs to get his ranking up so as to avoid meeting top players in early rounds but it's a vicious circle for him. He can't get his ranking up until he starts going deep in tournaments which meeting top players in the early rounds makes it very hard for him to do (as we are seeing).

Those damn Antwerp points from 2 years ago only just coming off certainly hasn't helped. As I said before maybe he should focus on doing more Challengers which should give him a chance to win more matches and gain ranking points more easily!
But when he played a challenger earlier, he didn't do all that well ...

Certainly something needs to happen. If he could somehow beat Hurkacz here, he'd could have a bit of a run, maybe.
 

Picmun

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Head-to-head: 2 - 0


YearTournamentMatchSSurface12345Round
2021MetzHurkacz276QF
Murray36(4)4
2021CincinnatiHurkacz2762R
Murray36(4)4


I hate to be negative about our Muzziahs chances, but there is a horrible inevitability to this,
not to mention déjà vu !
Will we get the same score again !
If he can squeak the tie break in the first, maybe Andeh can win ! :)
 
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Flint

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Well it will be a good test to see If several months of consistent match play and training is seeing an improvement.

He played Tiafoe and lost, a couple of months of tournaments later he played him again and won so there was improvement.

Let's see If he has improved enough for Hurcacz yet, he has managed to get him to a tiebreak in the previous 2 matches so he should have a chance.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Imagine being kicked out of the big 4 (which is now the big 3) and dreading a matchup with a milquetoast mug like Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.
Who kicked him out of the Big 4? But yes, prime Murray is unlikely to have been troubled by Hurkacz. That was then though.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Well it will be a good test to see If several months of consistent match play and training is seeing an improvement.

He played Tiafoe and lost, a couple of months of tournaments later he played him again and won so there was improvement.

Let's see If he has improved enough for Hurcacz yet, he has managed to get him to a tiebreak in the previous 2 matches so he should have a chance.
His current trouble is squandering leads. In his previous 2 meetings with Hurkacz he surrendered leads in the 1st set on both occasions. Even against Schwartzman in Antwerp he squandered a lead in the 1st set.
 

Aabye5

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His current trouble is squandering leads. In his previous 2 meetings with Hurkacz he surrendered leads in the 1st set on both occasions. Even against Schwartzman in Antwerp he squandered a lead in the 1st set.
Not to mention in both sets in IW against Zed.
 

fundrazer

G.O.A.T.
Looks like Alcaraz just wrapped things up so this one should be starting relatively soon.

Probably another win for Hubert incoming though.
 

Kralingen

Legend
Huge break and Murray serves for the set!

I keep telling you guys matchup evolution matters and no one seems to believe me. You don’t beat Murray 3x in a row easily. We’ll see if he can pull this out, but Hurkacz is not doing anything special so Murray should be confident.
 

davced1

Hall of Fame
Murray with white grip tape for what I know he used black grip tape all career, what a peculiar change.
 

Pheasant

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Go Murray!

That'd be insane if Murray could beat a bunch of these next-gen players with a bad hip while playing only 62 matches in the last 4 years.

I need to take this one match at a time. Go Murray!
 

fundrazer

G.O.A.T.
Hurkacz's game feels so underwhelming at times. Like yeah the serve is pretty good, but he ain't doing **** on return games or even in any of the rallies really.

The serve and volley just now was kinda nice though :)
 

junior74

Talk Tennis Guru
Hurkacz's game feels so underwhelming at times. Like yeah the serve is pretty good, but he ain't doing **** on return games or even in any of the rallies really.

The serve and volley just now was kinda nice though :)
Diamond Age Cilic
 
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