With three weeks to go ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, many of the tour’s top competitors are vying for one of the remaining four spots in the elite eight of the year-end championships. British No. 1 Andy Murray will being his campaign for one of those coveted slots on Wednesday afternoon against Vasek Pospisil, whom he has never encountered previously on the professional tour.
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Andy Murray enjoyed a successful run in Shenzhen to kick start the Asian Swing, but he suffered several setbacks over the coming two weeks, as he lost to Novak Djokovic in the Beijing semi-final and to David Ferrer in the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The losses put Murray in a tough spot if he is keen to qualify for the World Tour Finals, as he will now have to overtake Ferrer in order to stand a chance of qualification.
“You need to just concentrate on trying to win your matches,” Murray said. “That’s the best thing that you can do for your chances to qualify. If you start hoping that other guys are going to lose, spending time worrying about everyone else’s results, then it takes energy away from your own performances.
“You really just need to concentrate on yourself. I haven’t been in this position for a while, so in some ways it’s kind of new. But I’m enjoying it so far. Just giving me a little bit of extra focus and direction for the last few tournaments.”
Murray and Ferrer both accepted wildcards into the Vienna Open, and are likely to be paired in the final if both are able to work their way through the draw. Murray will begin with another tough match-up, this time against Canadian No. 2 Vasek Pospisil.
Pospisil advanced to the second round of the tournament with a 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(2) win over Daniel Brands. Pospisil hit 27 aces, won 82% of his first service points and saved 6 of 8 break points faced on serve to secure the victory in 2 hours and 21 minutes.
This is just the first time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and while Pospisil is a tough opening match for the Scot, Murray appears motivated to perform and will likely edge out a close straight sets victory.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets