In an attempt to further his bid for the Barclays ATP World Tour Final, British No. 1 Andy Murray will look to advance further into the Vienna Open draw when he meets Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarter-final round of the tournament. The forthcoming encounter will mark the first ever meeting between the two competitors.
The second-seeded Murray made his tournament debut against Vasek Pospisil, and while he won the encounter in straight sets, it was far from a simple endeavor. The Scot won 78% of his first service points, saved 5 of 6 break points be faced on serve and converted three of his own break point opportunities to secure the 6-4, 6-4 win in 1 hour and 39 minutes.
“It was a tricky match to start with,” he said. “He’s a tough player and he serves well. I expected a tough match and I just managed to get a break at the end of both sets. Both of the games I broke him were deuce games, he had game points, so the match could’ve definitely been a lot closer in terms of the score.”
Murray’s upcoming opponent, Jan-Lenard Struff needed two hours and 25 minutes to defeat Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6(6), 2-6, 7-6(3) and advance to the quarter-final round of the tournament. Struff fired 12 aces and won 73% of his first service points to cement the win.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and could potentially make for some entertaining television. Murray will be motivated to perform and further his quest for a seventh straight qualification at the World Tour Finals.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets