A rematch of the epic 2013 Wimbledon semi-final is scheduled to take place in the opening round of the China Open in Beijing, as Andy Murray and Jerzy Janowicz will clash for the fourth time on the professional tour. Of their three previous encounters, Murray leads the series 2-1.
The British No. 1 ended a 15-month title drought on the ATP World Tour with a three-set victory over Tommy Robredo in the final of the Shenzhen Open last Sunday. It marked Murray’s first title win his historic victory at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
Since then, the Scot has dealt with back surgery and time off on the sidelines, as well as a gradual return to form over the 2014 season. His title win in Shenzhen serves as a symbol that those days are far behind him now.
“It’s been a long time since I won a tournament,” said Murray. “The way that the match was won doesn’t happen very often. It’s rare to win a match like that. I was very close to losing. It was an emotional week for me. I managed to fight my way through it, win the title, and hopefully I can win another one before the end of the year.”
Following a deep run in the Winston Salem draw, Polish no. 1 Jerzy Janowicz lost in the second round of the US Open to Kevin Anderson before heading to Metz, where he lost in the quarter-final round to Gael Monfils.
After splitting their first two meetings on hard courts, Murray and Janowicz took part in a memorable semi-final battle at the Wimbledon Championships, which slotted the Scot into his historic title match days later. While this match may not carry the same importance, it will still likely be an entertaining battle between two athletes looking to find their form in the final stretch of the season.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets