With continued concerns over Novak Djokovic’s fitness and the World No.1’s disappointing performance in his opening round victory, there is a very strong argument for Andy Murray to be considered the favourite in this tournament.
Lukas Rosol was touted as a potentially tough opener for Murray given the Czech’s once explosive game and the tension that had been seen in their past meetings. However, it was anything but close as the No.2 seed won without facing a break point in the 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory on Tuesday night. It was a strong serving performance and Murray commented post-match on how pleased he was with that. “I served very well tonight. I used good variation on the second serve, as well. The first and second serve were very good tonight.”
The second serve is something that has troubled Murray in the past so it puts him in good stead for future tougher matches. It’s unlikely that Marcel Granollers will offer too much of a threat if past meetings are anything to go by. Murray leads the head to head 6-1 and the sole loss was by retirement AFTER Murray had just tied their Rome match up in sets.
Granollers came through a tricky match with Juan Monaco, defeating the Argentinian in straight sets 7-6 7-6 6-4. While Granollers has a losing record on the year, he is .500 on hard courts after his round one victory. However, just one of those victories are over a higher ranked opponent and that was Fernando Verdasco, ranked a single place above him at the time of their match.
Prediction – Andy Murray in straight sets