In what should be an exciting first round match, Great Britain’s Andy Murray will further test out his fitness when he takes on Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero at the Shanghai Masters on Monday, October 7. The match is scheduled to start on 6.30 pm local time (11.30 am BST). You can find the Andy Murray v Ignacio Londero live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Andy Murray v Ignacio Londero Head to Head
This will be the very first time that Murray and Londero will be facing off in a match at the highest level.
2016 Winner Murray Continues Comeback Trail
The signs have been good for Andy Murray. He has gone an entire cycle this year from injury to near-retirement, surgery, comeback at the doubles, losing singles matches, featuring at the Challengers and now finally having something to show for in the singles results as well. He won a first round match at the Zhuhai Open and followed it up with an appearance at the China Open.
In doing so, he shocked Matteo Berrettini and then edged out fellow Brit Cameron Norrie before Dominic Thiem got the better of him. Murray has often claimed in recent times he isn’t quite playing to the levels of a top 20 or 30 player but he definitely has shown inclinations towards being a top-50-60 player.
Murray has had a decent time at the Shanghai Masters in the past, in his heyday as well. He was a semi-finalist here in 2015 before going on to win the title in 2016. Can he add on to those growing signs of making a comeback here or will he face a bump in the lead-up to the new season?
Clay Court Champ Ignacio Londero Looking for Hard Court Turnaround
When one have won 27 of your 41 matches on clay but just six of 14 on hard court, it’s easy to know why Ignacio Londero is referred to as a clay court specialist. And he has a task on his hand, when he takes on Murray, despite the Briton’s obvious issues with fitness in recent times.
Here’s another stat for those inclined towards such things. Ignacio Londero has won one ATP title this year and registered six lower-level tournament over the last few years on the Challenger and Futures circuit. All seven of them have come on clay. His career hard court record is 39-41 at all levels.
It is, therefore, no surprise that he will be a major underdog going into this encounter. Murray’s fitness will remain the key because without that expecting the 26-year-old Argentine to pull off a win would be a miracle.
Andy Murray v Ignacio Londero Predictions & Tips
It could get very straightforward for Murray here. He starts a heavy favourite, at 3/8 and we reckon we are looking at a straight-set win as well over a player who has rarely performed on these surfaces.
Tip: Murray to win in straight sets: 10/11 with 888Sport