British No. 1 Andy Murray will continue his 2015 campaign in a far different position than what he had to deal with coming off back surgery last season. This time around, the Scot will further his quest for a second title at the tournament against Holland’s Robin Haase, whom he has met on four previous occasions and leads the head to head series 3-1.
2013 champion Andy Murray kicked off his latest campaign at the All England Club with a straight sets victory against Mikhail Kukushkin to secure his place in the second round of the tournament. Murray, seeded third at this year’s event, won the contest 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-4.
“I didn’t necessarily feel nervy,” said Murray. “I lost my serve a bit in the end of that second set. There was a period where I missed like 10 or 12 first serves in a row and let him back into it there. Then he played some really good stuff at times and was going for his shots. I found it difficult to play aggressive tennis out there. I was glad to get through in straight sets.”
Murray will next encounter Robin Haase, who defeated Alejandro Falla in four sets to advance. He rallied to win the match 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
“Andy is one of the best players in the world,” said Haase. “To play him anywhere is difficult, but then in his home tournament on grass, it’s going to be even more difficult.”
This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour with Murray leading the head-to-head series 3-1. Haase’s victory took place over six years ago on his home soil in Rotterdam but has since been unable to edge Murray on the tour. They did have an exciting five set match-up in the second round of the 2011 US Open but it is unlikely that this meeting will be as lengthy.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets