Former World No.1 Andy Murray will face the toughest test yet on his second coming when he plays top seed Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the China Open in Beijing on Friday, October 4. The match will begin not before 4:30 pm local time (7:30 am BST). You can find the Dominic Thiem v Andy Murray live streaming options, head-to-head, preview and predictions here.
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Dominic Thiem v Andy Murray Head to Head
Murray leads the series 2-1, but they have not played each other since the Barcelona Open in 2017 – the center of Thiem’s success over the Brit.
Thiem Of Wary Of Dangerous Murray
Dominic Thiem heaped praise on his quarterfinal opponent Andy Murray and lauded the former World No.1 as one of the best players ever to play the sport.
It is high praise indeed for a man with three Grand Slam titles in an era where the Big Three have often predominantly made it impossible to win at the majors. Thiem, much like Murray, is also attempting to halt Djokovic, Nadal and Federer’s domination in tennis. The Austrian had two failed bites of the cherry at the French Open, and he will almost certainly have to contend of playing catch-up for next few years before tasting success at one of the four Grand Slams.
Thiem has been solid so far at the China Open, winning his first-ever match at the tournament when he beat Richard Gasquet in straight sets and the proceeded to dispatch the Chinese wildcard Zhang Zhizhen. A win over Andy Murray will put Thiem’s destiny to qualify for London in his own hands and in a very strong position. The 26-year-old is fifth in the Race and is next in line to guarantee qualification, joining Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Medvedev.
Murray Set For Ultimate Test Of The Week
Andy Murray scored his biggest win in his second coming to tennis when he stunned US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini in two tight tiebreakers in the first round of the China Open. It was sheer bravery for the man who underwent hip surgery earlier this year and almost gave up the faintest hope of ever picking up a racket.
It would have been a cruel way for Murray to part ways with tennis considering that his brief tenure as World No.1 coincided with his injury issue a couple of seasons ago and we never really saw him play at his absolute peak.
Although those golden days may be over, but it is a mighty relief to see the Scotsman enjoying tennis again and playing pain-free for the first time. Murray will undoubtedly face the ultimate challenge this week since he returned to tennis when he plays the dynamic Austrian Thiem for a place in the last four.
Thiem v Murray Predictions & Tips
Fitness will be a real concern here for Murray, but at least he benefited from a day off. Thiem though will be a different proposition and he has been very efficient in his two matches. I fancy the Austrian to have the edge.
Tip: Thiem to win in three sets: 14/5 (888Sport)