An intriguing semi-final match-up is scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon at the Este Bank Open in Vienna, as Andy Murray and Serbia’s Viktor Troicki meet for the sixth time on the ATP World Tour. Of their five previous meetings, Troicki is yet to earn his first win over the former Grand Slam champion.
Competing in his maiden run in Vienna, Andy Murray followed up on his straight sets victory over Vasek Pospisil with a an even quicker 6-22, 7-5 win over Jan-Lennard Struff to reach the final four at the ATP 250 level event. The British No. 1 struck 10 aces and won 75 percent of his first service points to close out the win in 86 minutes.
Murray’s victory also advanced him to the ninth spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals race, which is one spot ahead of top seed David Ferrer. The two competitors are on a collision course to meet in the final of the tournament.
The Serb reached the semi-final round with a Brazil 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 6-2 victory over Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil. Troicki needed 2 hours and 27 minutes to close out the victory and advance his head-to-head lead over Bellucci to a perfect 3-0.
“I felt physically more prepared in the third set,” said Troicki. “I felt [Bellucci] was not 100 per cent, and I took that opportunity to play on the offensive. It worked out well.
“I knew I had to go through qualifying and win a lot of matches,” Troicki added. “I’m happy to be through to the semi-finals for the first time in a long time. I’m using every chance I get to play my best tennis and enjoy myself on court.”
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Murray leading the series with an undefeated 5-0 record against his Serbian adversary. Their last meet took place in 2012, with their last hard court encounter over three years prior to that. While Murray will be heavily favoured for this encounter, it will be interesting to see how well Troicki performs against him.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets