Following an exceptional start to his clay court season this year, which includes an undefeated streak with two title wins, Andy Murray has managed to maintain his momentum this week in Paris, as he worked his way into the fourth round of the prestigious grand slam event. His next contest is against Jeremy Chardy, whom he holds a 6-1 lead over in the head-to-head series.
While many anticipated a blockbuster contest between Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios on court this Saturday, it was not to be, as the Brit overwhelmed the Aussie en route to a straight sets win. The 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win was Murray’s 13th consecutive on clay this season and sets him up for an intriguing fourth round encounter with France’s Chardy.
“I have watched a lot of his matches, so obviously I know what his personality is like,” Murray said of Kyrgios. “He does have a game style and a personality on the court that lends itself to playing big matches on big courts. Sometimes you don’t feel like you’re able to control what’s happening out there because he’s hitting huge shots and sometimes playing shots that no one else tries. So you’re not expecting it, either.”
Murray will come up against Jeremy Chardy, who defeated David Goffin in straight sets to secure his place in the fourth round of the tournament. The Frenchman secured the upset win against the No. 17 seed with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 score line.
Not only has Murray always had a proven track record at the French Open, but he is of particular interest this season with his undefeated streak on the surface and Nadal’s injury. In this upcoming final 16 match-up, he leads Chardy 6-1 and should have little trouble advancing, yet he may need four sets to get the job done this time around.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets