Following an entertaining contest in the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, 2009 champion Andy Murray is through to the quarter-final stage of the tournament, where he will next meet France’s Gilles Simon to determine who will advance to the final eight on Friday. This marks the 14th time that Murray and Simon cross paths on the professional tour, with Murray leading the head to head series 12-1.
British No. 1 Andy Murray earned his second straight set victory this week in Rotterdam, even though his contest against Vasek Pospisil was far more entertaining and competitive that the scoreline suggested. Murray struck 64% of his first service points and saved 5 of 7 break points to finish the match 6-3, 7-5. However, the second set was a turbulent affair, as Pospisil was on set point up 5-4 when he was handed a time violation that allowed Murray to break back, and eventually crushed his spirit.
In a second round match that featured two Frenchmen, Gilles Simon overcame Jeremy Chardy with relative ease to close out the match 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour and eight minutes of court time. Simon hit 1 ace, won 83% of his first service points and didn’t face a single break point en route to the victory.
“Today I played well from the beginning till the end,” said Simon. “That was a big improvement compared to my first-round match.”
Murray and Simon had met on 13 separate occasions on the ATP World Tour, with Murray leading the series 12-1, including an 12-match win streak dating back to 2007. He has defeated his French adversary on every surface and should have little trouble maintaining that streak come Friday.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets