Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will face 10th seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada in a blockbuster third-round match at the 2021 Wimbledon on Friday, July 2. Get the live streaming options of this Andy Murray v Denis Shapovalov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andy Murray v Denis Shapovalov Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between the 34-year-old former World No. 1 and the 22-year-old Canadian.
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Gritty Murray Fights on
A resolute Andy Murray turned back the clock as he fought back from two sets to one down to beat German qualifier Oscar Otte in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday.
A match against a World No. 151 would have been a piece of cake a few years ago, but two career-threatening hip surgeries later, every match becomes a challenge, and for Murray to be playing with this intensity at this level is a massive accomplishment.
The 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon champion battled for three hours and 51 minutes for a 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over the German in the second round. The Scot didn’t double fault in the match and broke his opponent seven times while saving four of eight break points. Murray won a total of 151 points to Otte’s 142.
The gutsy display followed an equally gritty first-round win over Nikoloz Basilashvili on Monday. Serving 17 aces and not committing a double fault, Murray knocked out the Georgian 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in three hours and 16 minutes.
A winner of 46 titles from 68 finals, the World No. 118 faces his biggest challenge in the third round, not just because Shapovalov is in good form and has a great all court game but also because the Canadian will be a lot fresher after getting a walkover in the second round.
It will be interesting to see if Murray, backed by the vociferous crowd, can push for one more win in what’s turning out to be a great comeback tournament for the two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Shapovalov With a Free Pass to the Third Round
Denis Shapovalov got a free pass to his first Round of 32 at Wimbledon after his second round opponent Pablo Andujar of Spain pulled out of the tournament with a rib injury.
The Canadian, who will be playing on Centre Court for the first time on Friday, had a difficult opening-round encounter against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, eventually winning the dramatic five-setter 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Shapovalov hit 14 aces and 58 winners in the three-hour-and-35-minute contest. A quarterfinalist in Stuttgart and a semifinalist at Queen’s, the World No. 12 had come to Wimbledon with a 4-2 record this year.
The 22-year-old lefty, who won his only title in Stockholm in 2019, was a finalist in Geneva this year, but finished runner-up to Casper Ruud. Overall he is 19-13 this year, having also reached the semifinals in Dubai.
Murray v Shapovalov Prediction and Tip
Having spent over seven hours on court in the first two rounds, it will be a massive test for Murray’s fitness, but there will be pressure on Shapovalov as well, who will be taking the big stage with very little support from the Centre Court crowd. However, the seeded Canadian will still be the favourite to advance.