Hoping to earn some essential ranking points to desperately improve his position in the Race to London, Andy Murray will arrive in Shanghai as a former champion looking to make a deep run at the tournament. The Scot will begin his campaign against Teymuraz Gabashvili, whom he has never encountered previously on the professional tour.
After picking up his first title in 15 months two weeks ago in Shenzhen, British No. 1 Andy Murray was unable to maintain that momentum in Beijing, as he lost to eventual Novak Djokovic in the semi-final round of the tournament, 6-3, 6-4. It was an anti-climatic end to his recent resurgence, particularly considering his inspired performance against US Open champion Marin Cilic in the quarter-final round.
While he may not have been successful that past week, Murray is still satisfied with his recent improvement and hopes to maintain that upward trend in Shanghai.
“It’s been a couple good weeks for me,” Murray said. “Like I said, I feel I’m playing well. My body’s responded pretty good to playing an eighth match in ten days, so that’s positive. I got a lot of matches, some momentum. Obviously, I would have liked to have done a little bit better here. But I lost to the No.1 player in the world. There’s no disgrace in that. You always want to try to do a little bit better.
“Hopefully I can make some improvements next week. I’ve always enjoyed playing in Shanghai. I played some of my best tennis there. I hope I can do the same again.”
Russia’s Gabashvili is coming off a first round loss to Joao Sousa in the China Open. He lost the encounter in a tight three-set battle after winning the opening set 6-1.
This marks the first time that Murray and Gabashivili will meet on the ATP Word Tour. While Gabashvili is a game opponent, he is unlikely to offer much resistance against the Scot.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets