Great Britain’s Andy Murray will be in first round action against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka when they meet in the first round of the 2020 US Open. This match will be played on Tuesday, September 1 and is scheduled to start at 12 noon local time (5 pm BST) at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Get the live streaming options of this Andy Murray v Yoshihito Nishioka match along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Andy Murray v Yoshihito Nishioka Head to Head
This will be the first time that 48th-ranked Nishioka and 134th-ranked Murray will be going face to face in a competitive match.
Murray to Take Positives from Zverev Win
The former world number one had come into the Cincinnati Open without any ATP tennis under his belt since October 2019. He had played one Davis Cup match towards the end of the 2019 season and then resumed action at the Battle of the Brits during the pandemic break.
And having won and lost two matches, he had pulled out of his final encounter there.
Which is why he came into the Cincinnati Open, a tricky first round tie against Frances Tiafoe had some wondering if Murray would actually go on to win it despite starting out as a bookmaker’s favourite.
Win he did but the real confidence-booster came in the form of his second round victory. In that match, Murray registered a win against one of the top Next Gen members, one who has been tipped to even win a Slam. The Brit overcame Alexander Zverev 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to make it to the third round.
While Murray couldn’t quite take his momentum forward and lost 6-2, 6-2 to Milos Raonic, much to his own chagrin, Murray will have a lot of positives he can take into the US Open.
Nishioka at His Career-Best Ranking
It’s interesting to note Nishioka hasn’t played a single match, whether in a tournament proper or an exhibition one, since the ATP Dubai Open in February earlier this year. And one of Japan’s five representations in the men’s singles main draw, Nishioka has done well in whatever little opportunity he has had this season.
Starting off at the ATP Cup, Nishioka, who had once announced in a press conference he was not Nishikori – Japan’s best male tennis player – registered two wins and a loss before making the third round at the Australian Open.
A second round exit at the New York Open followed before Nishioka dished out one of his finest performances when he made the final at the Delray Beach Open. The Japanese world number 48 lost to Reilly Opelka in the title-decider.
Murray might not be at his best but for Nishioka to actually go on to win a best-of-five encounter he would have hope for Murray to come out with some sort of a fitness concern.
Andy Murray v Yoshihito Nishioka Prediction & Tip
The reason why I said Nishioka might need to hope for some fitness concerns from Murray because otherwise the Brit start off a huge favourite..
Tip: Murray to win: 8/15 (bet365)