British No. 1 Andy Murray and France’s Julien Benneteau will meet in the second round of the Paris Bercy on Wednesday afternoon in what will mark their fifth encounter on the professional tour. Murray leads the head-to-head series 4-0.
After saving five match points en route to the Shenzhen title, history once again repeated itself on Sunday afternoon in Valencia against Tommy Robredo, as Murray would duplicate his efforts to lift the Valencia title in a three-set thriller. The Scot won the match 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(8) in what was undoubtedly one of the best three-set matches of the year, and the longest ATP Final of the season.
The win virtually guarantees that Murray will participate in the Barclays ATP World Tour Final next month.
Julien Benneteau helped cement his French Davis Cup team’s spot in the Davis Cup final before travelling over to Asia. There, he reached the final in Kuala Lumpur and the quarter-final round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, where he lost to eventual champion Roger Federer.
Although expected to participate in last week’s Swiss Indoor Basel, the Frenchman was forced to withdraw from the tournament citing a minor injury. He appeared in fine form on Monday, though, as he defeated Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-4 to reach the second round of the tournament.
This will serve as the fifth overall meeting between Murray and Benneteau, and their first encounter of the season. Murray leads the series 4-0 and will look to add to his nine-match win streak with a strong showing in Paris.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets