The first round action at the 2020 Cologne Open will have three-time major champion Andy Murray taking on Spanish veteran Fernando Versaco on Tuesday, October 13. The match begins at around 7 pm local time (6 pm BST or 1 pm Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Andy Murray v Fernando Verdasco match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andy Murray v Fernando Verdasco Head to Head
The players have met 16 times on the tour, with Murray leading the head-to-head 13-3. Incidentally, their last two meetings were in 2018, and both were won by Verdasco on the hard courts, at the US Open & Shenzhen respectively.
French Open Debacle Fresh In Mind
The Andy Murray story that keeps adding chapters to it continues to be as unbelievable as its previous edition. In the era of the Big Three, he is the only one to have got to the world number one ranking, back in 2016.
What followed thereafter was as different as it could be, with a serious and bothersome hip injury. With a long stint away from the game and an emotional farewell at the 2019 Australian Open, one never expected him to return after surgery and yet he did and won the European Open at Antwerp last Fall.
With the injury struggles resurfacing late 2019-early 2020, one was not sure which version of Murray would show up in New York, and despite a tough draw, he has managed to get the better of Frances Tiafoe and Alexander Zverev at the Western & Southern Open and won a gutsy opener against Yoshihito Nishioka at the US Open. Murray showed glimpses of old with some of his finest strokes and despite looking down and out at different times in both matches, his ‘never say die’ attitude saw him through.
Arriving at the French Open with little to no practice on clay, he was up against old rival Stan Wawrinka, who convincingly beat him in straight sets, with Murray winning only six games.
Back for the European indoor season, Murray will be hoping for more wins and consistency and his fans will be hoping to see glimpses of the Andy Murray that ran through this swing to be world number one in 2016.
Verdasco Looking For Another Win v Murray
Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco, currently ranked just within the top 50, was once ranked within the top ten in the world. He has been on the tour for close to a decade and a half, and has been a consistent performer. A regular member of the top 20-30 of the ATP world rankings, Verdasco has throughout his career come up with many an impressive result against some of the best contenders on the tour.
2019 was a less than average year by Verdasco’s standards. With his ranking just within the top 50s now, the Spaniard started the year aiming for better results this year. In addition to a round of 32 Australian Open loss against Alexander Zverev, Verdasco incurred some disappointing losses this season at tournaments like Doha and Cordoba, right before the Covid-19 hiatus.
Upon his return to the tour since the pandemic break, he has not managed to qualify for any of the main draws and not played at the majors. Back in the main draw, he is up against a difficult opponent in Andy Murray, but will take heart from the fact that he has won the last two encounters.
Murray v Verdasco Prediction and Tip
Both players are looking to revive their careers and seasons at this point, but Murray has more match practice in the last six weeks than his opponent. Expect the veteran Spaniard to never give up without a fight, but Murray should prevail in straight sets here.
Tip: Murray to win in straight sets: 1/1 (bet365)