Following a entertaining encounter last week in Beijing, Andy Murray and Jerzy Janowicz will clash for the second time in as many weeks on Wednesday afternoon in Shanghai. Murray won their most recent encounter in a tight three-set battle and it is likely that this match will feature a similar performance from both. Murray leads the head-to-head series 3-1.
The British No. 1 began his week in Shanghai on Tuesday afternoon with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over a game Teymuraz Gabashvili. Murray survived a slight hiccup in the second set to close out the encounter in a total of 85 minutes.
“I started the match well, he wasn’t in much of a rhythm at the beginning,” Murray told Sky Sports. “I was dictating a lot of the points. I was using good variety. At the beginning of the second set, I played a sloppy game on my serve. He gained some confidence from that and started playing better. He was timing the ball a lot better in the second set. I just had to find a way to get through in the end. I used smart tactics at the end of the set. I started using the variety again.
“It was a good start for me, but some work to be done.”
Next for the Scot is another encounter with Jerzy Janowicz, who defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(6) to reach the second round of the tournament. Murray is aware that his upcoming task is a difficult one to handle so early in the Msters 1000 draw.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to start the match a little bit better this time,” said Murray. “I went down 5-1 when we played the other week and got off to a slow start. Then managed to find my way into the match. He’s obviously a dangerous player. He’s a big guy. He won a very tight match today. He’s hit a lot of balls here. I’ll try to play a solid match from start to finish and not give him too many opportunities.”
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. Since then, Murray has added to his record against the Polish No. 1 with a victory last week in Beijing. Although this encounter could also be a competitive affair, it should once again favour the British No. 1, who has always produced strong performances in Shanghai.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets