Following a pair of tight matches in their respective second round contests in Shanghai, Spain’s David Ferrer and British No. 1 Andy Murray will meet for the 13th time on the ATP World Tour. Of their previous encounters, Murray leads the head-to-head series 7-5, including wins in their last two consecutive meetings on the tour.
With a slew of upsets taking place in the second round in Shanghai, Andy Murray was one of the few notable seeds who was able to salvage himself and advance to the following round of the tournament. Placed in a rematch of his opening match in Beijing last week, Murray defeated Jerzy Janowicz in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, in a contest that lasted a total of 1 hour and 29 minutes.
“All of the players that are looking to qualify for the World Tour Finals will be aware of what’s going on,” said Murray. “But you need to just concentrate on trying to win your matches. That’s the best thing that you can do for your chances to qualify. 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.”
Now 9th in the Race to London, Murray will be within the reach of Raonic’s eighth spot if he can continue his winning ways and dispatch his upcoming obstacle David Ferrer. The Spaniard edged Rafael Nadal’s Beijing vanquisher Martin Klizan in three-sets 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.
“You need to play a high, high level to win against him,” said Murray.”He certainly doesn’t give away many matches during the year. Certainly hasn’t given me any matches when I’ve played against him. In these conditions, if you serve well, you can get free points on your serve, and that can help against someone that obviously returns well. Try and get some free points there. Hopefully play a solid match.”
This is the 13th time that Murray and Ferrer will cross paths on the professional tour, with Murray leading the series 7-5. Apart form winning their last two consecutive meetings on the tour, Murray also defeated Ferrer in the final of this event in 2011 to win his final title at this event.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets