Multi-time champion Andy Murray has moved through to the quarter-final round of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, when he comes up against surging competitor, Gilles Muller. This marks the third time that the two will cross paths o the tour, with Murray leading the head to head series 2-0. However, Muller appears to be in full force and will likely give Murray a difficult time on court.
In a match that many expected to be chalk-full of entertaining, competitive action, Murray was able to advance to the final eight in London with a straightforward 7-5, 6-4 win against Fernando Verdasco. Murray struck four aces, hit 15 winners and won 57% of his first service points. However, he only managed to secure 3 of 12 net points and hit 15 unforced errors, which shows that even though he won the match in straight sets, there is much work to be done ahead of the Wimbledon Championships.
The world No. 3 will come up against Gilles Muller, who most recently defeated defending champion Grigor Dimitrov to set up a clash with the former champion. He fired 19 aces, won 86% of his first service points and saved all three of the break points he faced to complete the fantastic showing 6-4, 7-6(5) in a total of one hour and 15 minutes. Dimitrov even held a 3-0 lead in the second set tiebreaker but still found a way to lose it.
This is set to be the third time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Murray leading the series 2-0. While Murray’s most recent win was a straight sets affair in Dubai this season, Muller is more than capable of pushing the Scot to three sets, and could even produce the upset if Murray is not playing near top form. The Briton will have to clean up his game and decrease the unforced errors count while simultaneously improving the consistency on his first serve.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets