Former World no. 1 Andy Murray locks horns with France’s Ugo Humbert in the first round of the 2021 Moselle Open on Monday, September 20. Get the live streaming options of this Andy Murray v Ugo Humbert match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andy Murray v Ugo Humbert Head to Head
Murray leads the head-to-head 1-0, winning their only meeting before this in the semifinals of Antwerp a couple of years ago. The Scot went on to win the title in that event.
Heartbreak For Murray In New York
Andy Murray was in action at last week’s Rennes Challenger in southwest France as a wild card entrant. Murray’s presence which perhaps did not gather too much attention was expected, as the Scotsman tries to painstakingly build his ATP ranking into double digits.
Murray slipped to a shock second-round defeat at the hands of Roman Safiullin, just two weeks on from his controversial five-set loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open.
The former world no. 1 appeared on the cusp of producing a major upset on day one in New York when he led the Greek number three seed by two sets to one. But Murray could not keep up his level for too long as his momentum was disturbed by Tsitsipas’ medical timeout and bathroom breaks.
That prompted a very disdainful reaction from Murray in the aftermath, admitting he lost respect for Tsitsipas. While Murray felt that the outcome of the match was indeed affected by Tsitsipas’ calculated breaks, it is also very unclear if the Brit was running out of gas after nearly five hours of riveting tennis.
Inconsistency Continues to Haunt Humbert
World No. 26 Ugo Humbert begins his Metz campaign looking to snap a three-match losing streak, which incidentally was kickstarted by Tsitsipas. When the French lefty reached the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics, we thought he was off the skid.
But that was only momentarily, as Humbert suffered defeats to Frances Tiafoe, and agonizingly to Peter Gojowczyk in the first round of the US Open.
As Humbert fights off his inconsistency demons, 2021 has been his career-best season on the ATP tour. He reached a career-high ranking of world no. 25, won the biggest title of his fledgling career in Halle – knocking out Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev in the process.
Should the 23-year-old emulate that success, he could soon overtake Gael Monfils as France’s top-ranked male player.
Murray v Humbert Prediction and Tip
Murray’s defeat to Safiullin might raise concerns about his inability to win in three sets. And his current ranking is not doing him any good in landing cushy opening matches. This is another slice of brutal luck in the main draw.