British No. 1 Andy Murray and surging Colombian Santiago Giraldo will meet in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Masters in what should be a fascinating contest. This marks the third time they meet on the professional tour, with Murray remaining undefeated in the head-to-head series with a 2-0 record. While that amy be the case, this will likely be their most competitive battle yet.
World No. 8 Andy Murray picked up his fourth clay court victory of the season, and his first on the ATP World Tour. It was a fantastic win for Briton, as he defeated Spain’s Nicolas Almagro, who is coming off a recent victory over world No. 1 Rafael Nadal. It was an odd match, that resulted in a final scoreline of 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Murray is now still on course to win his second Madrid title, after earning his first in 2008.
After his fantastic efforts over the past few weeks, where he downed Matthew Ebden and Tommy Robredo in Houston, before heading to Barcelona to battle through a gauntlet of tough competitors including Thiem, Kohlschreiber, Fognini and Nicolas Almagro, the world No. 47 surprised many once again when he dispatched no. 11 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4. Giraldo converted all three of his break point opportunities to pick up the fairly straightforward victory over the former top-ranked Frenchman. He will now have the opportunity to earn an even bigger upset when he faces Murray in the third round.
This marks the third time that Murray and Giraldo will cross paths on the ATP World Tour, with both their previous meetings taking place on clay. While that may be the case, they have not met since the 2012 French Open, and much has changed over those two years. Giraldo is red-hot with his victories on clay this season, while Murray is still struggling to find his footing on all surfaces since returning from back surgery. This should even the odds this time around, with the edge still titling slightly towards Murray, but it should be a tight three set encounter this time around.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets