Following a relatively straightforward encounter in his first post-US Open match of the season, Andy Murray is through to the quarter-final round in Shenzhen, where he will meet Lukas Lacko for the third time on the professional tour. The Scot leads the head-to-head series 2-0, with the more recent victory having taken place back in the 2012 Tokyo Open.
British No. 1 Andy Murray returned to his winning ways in Asia on Thursday afternoon, as he defeated India’s Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarter-final stage of the event. He struck 4 aces, won 83% of his first service points, saved 4 of 5 break points and converted on four of his own to close out the match in 81 minutes.
The 27-year-old is looking to work his way up the ATP Race to London by producing strong showings in his ambitious three-week stint in Asia. He is currently sitting at 11th in the race and will need near-perfect performances to edge past the likes of Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic.
In similar fashion to his upcoming opponent, world No. 80 Lukas Lacko defeated Colombia’s Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 7-6(1) to reach the quarter-final round in Shenzhen. He struck four aces, won 69% of his first service points and saved 4 of 5 break points he faced on serve to close out the win in 1 hour and 39 minutes.
This marks the third time that Murray and Lacko will meet on the ATP World Tour, with the Briton snatching the previous two encounters in straight sets. While their more recent meeting took place two years ago, it is unlikely that much has changed in their match dynamic since then – even though Murray is far from his 2012 form.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets