Looking to further cement his bid for a seventh consecutive appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Andy Murray is in Valencia, where he will look to campaign to his first ever title at the Spaniash event. His first obstacle is Jurgen Melzer, whom he has faced on seven previous occasions on the tour. Murray holds a 6-0 head to head record against the Austrian native.
The British No. 1 lifted his 30th title on the ATP World Tour last week when he rallied past David Ferrer at the Erste Bank Open to avenge his loss to the Spaniard a week prior.
The Scot came from a set down to beat the Spaniard 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. Murray needed 2 hours and 42 minutes to earn the victory and was forced to work his way from a break down in the final set to close out the match. With the win, Murray moves to the eighth and final qualifying spot in the Race to London but will still be faced with the task of maintain that momentum over the coming two weeks in Valencia and Bercy.
“The next few weeks are extremely important,” said Murray. “Everyone is playing next week. I just need to win as many matches as possible to keep hold of the eighth spot [in the Emirates ATP Race To London] or go higher.”
The Briton will begin his week against No. 121 Jurgen Melzer. With a 15-18 win-loss record this season on the circuit, the Austrian is coming off second round showings in both Tokyo and Vienna. He has now been dealt an even more difficult opening match-up against a determined Scotsman.
This marks the seventh time that Murray and Melzer will cross paths on the ATP World Tour, with Murray holding an impenetrable 6-0 record in the head-to-head series. Barring any extenuating circumstances, Murray should ease into the second round of the ATP 500 level tournament.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets