British No. 1 Andy Murray is close to cementing his spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and will look to further his bid for a qualification spot with a strong showing during the remainder of his stay in Valencia. His quarter-final opponent Is South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, whom he holds a 2-1 lead in the head-to-head series.
Taking part in his fifth straight week on the ATP World Tour, Andy Murray furthered his quest to the year-end championships with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Fabio Fognini to reach the quarter-final round of the tournament. The win is Murray’s 15th in 17 matches, including two title wins in Shenzhen and Vienna en route to Valencia. His win in Shenzhen ended a 15-month drought without a title on the tour.
Following his 6-3, 6-4 victory over Philipp Kohlscheiber in the opening round of the tournament, he received a walkover into the quarter-final when Martin Kilzan was forced to withdraw from the event. The world No. 17 holds a 35-22 record this season, with his best performances being consecutive final appearances in Delray Beach and Acapulco.
This contest will serve as the fourth encounter between Murray and Anderson, Murray leading the series 2-1. This is just the second time they will play each other in the three years, with their most recent meeting taking place in the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships. Barring any extenuating circumstances, Murray should pick up another win against Anderson with little notable resitance.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets