Having embarked on an extensive Asian swing campaign to work his way into the Barclays World Tour Finals, British No. 1 Andy Murray accepted a wildcard to compete at the Shenzhen Open, an ATP 250 level event, and will begin his week at the event on Thursday afternoon against Somdev Devvarman. This marks just the second time these two competitors will meet on the tour, with Murray leading the series with a straight sets win at the 2011 US Open.
While he has not been in terrible form over the past few months, Andy Murray continues down the ATP rankings, where he currently sits at No. 11. He managed to reach the quarter-final round of the US Open, avenging his Toronto loss to jo-Wilfried Tsonga before losing out to Novak Djokovic. The Scot is currently situated behind Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov in the ATP Race to London and will need some strong performances to surpass them.
India’s Somdev Devvarman defeated wildcard Xin Gao 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the second round of the Shenzhen Open. The world No. 141 struck 7 aces, 73% of his first service points and saved 3 of 6 break points to edge Gao in 2 hours and 7 minutes.
This marks just the second time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and it is highly unlikely that it will differ much from the first meeting – even if Murray is still searching for his 2012 form.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets