World number 118 Andy Murray will be up against Oscar Otte, a German ranked 151st in the world in the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Wednesday, June 30. Get the live streaming options of this Andy Murray v Oscar Otte match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andy Murray v Oscar Otte Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Murray and Otte before this encounter.
Murray Takes Circuitous Route to Round Two
We had tipped Murray to win his opening round match and for a while it looked like he wasn’t going to have too many problems either. All of a sudden, Murray’s game then crashed badly before he picked himself up, dusted off the raggedness and completed a four-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Murray came through 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in three hours and 16 on the Centre Court, having fallen away after leading 5-0 in the third. In a stunning turn over events, Basilashvili broke Murray four times in a row to seal the third with the Briton unable to convert two match-points in the process.
An early exchange of breaks in the fourth set followed but once Murray had taken a decisive 3-1 lead, he didn’t let things slip away this time around as he closed out with a third break of serve for the set and off his fourth match-point of the encounter.
The good news for his fans is Murray has dismissed any reports of him retiring from the sport for now but what will definitely help is a distant run at his favourite tournament. He plays a qualifier next, who scraped past his opponent in a four-hour battle.
Otte Comes Through in a Match of Swinging Fortunes
Having come through three qualifying wins in straight sets, Otte faced another qualifier in his opening round match and little would he have expected the match to turn out the way it did.
In a match that lasted nearly four hours and saw fortunes fluctuate between him and Arthur Rinderknech, Otte came through in the final set tie-breaker that is played after the players are tied at 12-12.
Otte won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 13-12 (2) to register his first ever main draw win at Wimbledon and just his second victory in Grand Slam main draw tennis.
Interestingly, Otte lost his serve at 5-5 in the final set, having just been broken once in the entire match before that. Fortunately for him, though, he came back to break his opponent next game, then saved three break-points at 8-8 before winning the tie-breaker to squeak out a win.
Can he physically and mentally recover quickly enough after having played on successive days already though?
Murray v Otte Prediction and Tip
This could be a battle between players hoping to have recovered from their respective issues – Murray’s injury issues mean a four-setter like the one against Basilashvili could have tested him while Otte is coming off a gruelling contest spread across two days.
Murray still starts a favourite but expect Otte to win a set at least.