Defending champion Andy Murray successfully began his Aegon Championships campaign with a straight sets win against France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu. The win sets up a third round encounter with Czech No. 2 Radek Stepanek, whom he holds a 5-1 record against in the head-to-head series. This is just the second time they meet on grass, and the first time in nine years. Check out the Murray vs Stepanek Head to Head.
World No. 5 Andy Murray played a less-than-stellar match-up against France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu, and while he would end up winning the contest in relatively comfortable fashion, it was far from his best performance. The Briton won the opening set 6-4, but was forced to work harder in the second frame, as he was not mixing up his shots well. Eventually he found the break in the second set and held onto it to close out the contest.
World No. 42 Radek Stepanek defeated Australia’s Bernard Tomic with a pair of tiebreaks to reach the third round at Queen’s Club. Stepanek hit 8 aces and won 78% of his first service points to secure the victory in 1 hour and 43 minutes.
This marks the seventh time that these two competitors cross paths on the professional circuit, with Murray leading the head-to-head series 5-1. His only loss was in 2009 at the Paris Masters, but he has since won their two most recent encounters. This is the first time they encounter each other on the tour since the Shanghai Masters in 2012, and while it could be a challenging match-up for the Scot, he should manage the win in straight sets.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets