British No. 1 Andy Murray and surging Colombian Santiago Giraldo will meet in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Masters in what should be a fascinating contest. This marks the third time they meet on the professional tour, with Murray remaining ahead in the head-to-head series with a 2-1 record. While that amy be the case, this will likely be their most competitive battle yet.
The two-time Miami champion began his campaign against Donald Young, who he defeated 6-4, 6-2 to cruise into the third round of the tournament. It was a standard match from Murray, who won 76% of his first service points and converted four break points for secure the win in one hour and 22 minutes.
“I played well against him the last couple of times,” Murray said. “Obviously today was a very different match to Davis Cup; completely different conditions. The tactics that you go into the match with completely change because of the weather and the wind.
“Sometimes it can be ridiculously hot, and that [means] managing the points and your emotions and your physical condition. Today it was just very tough weather to play good tennis in. I just tried to play smart, and it worked.”
The Briton will come up against Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo, who beat Robin Haase in the second round 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 to secure his spot in the third round of the tournament.
This marks the fourth time that Murray and Giraldo will cross paths on the ATP World Tour, with all their previous meetings taking place on clay. To add to the intrigue, the Colombian won their last encounter at the Madrid Masters last year, which is a loss that Murray will want to avenge. Given that the Briton is the superior hard court competitor, this should be a straightforward meeting.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets
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