Andy Murray v Carlos Alcaraz Live Streaming, Prediction, Preview for Vienna Open 2021: Wary Murray Eyes Second Career Win Over Alcaraz

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Andy Murray of Great Britain will take on Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in the second round of the 2021 Vienna Open on Wednesday, October 27. Get the live streaming options of this Andy Murray v Carlos Alcaraz  match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Andy Murray v Carlos Alcaraz Head to Head

Murray and Alcaraz have featured in just one career head-to-head meeting so far. The pair met in the second round of this year’s Indian Wells Masters and in a match where fortunes swung like a pendulum, the Briton showed the mental steel of old to come away with a win in three sets.

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In what is easily the biggest takeaway for Murray since his gritty third-round finish at this year’s Wimbledon Championships, he collected his first top-ten scalp in the form of in  Polish tennis star Hubert Hurkacz in the opening round of the ongoing Vienna of Open.

Billed as a revenge outing for the three-time Grand Slam champion after he fell to a defeat to the Pole in only their third career head-to-head clash at the Moselle Open, Murray bossed the early exchanges and the pressure that he brought t bear on his opponent was duly rewarded as he took the opening set 6-4.

However, not one to be overawed by the stalwarts anymore, especially after his sensational upset of eight-time champion Roger Federer on the way to reaching the semifinal at All England this year, Hurkacz rallied back to take the second set to a tiebreaker.

He edged out the two-time Wimbledon champion in the tiebreak to take the match to a decider. In the final set, however, the Scot regathered his poise and dominated the run of play to eventually prevail in three sets.

The final score read 6-4, 7-6 (6-8), 6-3 in Murray favor.

While the confidence gained from taking down a rival, who is currently among the top stars in the men’s circuit, will stand him in good stead going into his next, Murray faces a second career outing this year against rising Spanish superstar Carlos Alcaraz.

Though the Briton came out a winner in his only previous clash with the teen sensation at the Indian Wells Masters, he will be wary of an opponent thirsting for revenge.

What’s more, the Spaniard was sleek and sharp in his takedown of former British No.1 Dan Evans in the opening round and has the form to push for one of his biggest career wins against the Scot.

 

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After the high of the US Open, where he reached his first-ever Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of just 18 on the back of a sensational run of wins, including a stunning upset of current World No.3 and one of the title favorites, Stefanos Tsitsipas, young Alcaraz crashed to a loss in his opening clash at the Indian Wells Masters.

However, even in defeat, there were plenty of moments to savor in the clash with Murray. Showing no nerves playing a three-time Grand Slam champion, the fiery, young Spaniard, who has already drawn comparisons with his more illustrious compatriot and 20-time Major winner Rafael Nadal, took Murray to three sets.

That loss proved to be a rare bad in office for Alcaraz as he opened his Vienna campaign with a comfortable and typically dominant win over Evans.

In a match where the Englishman produced a few fleeting moments to live up to his billing as one of the top tennis stars going around, the Spaniard’s superior firepower saw him close out an emphatic win in the end.

The win saw Alcaraz set up a revenge outing against Murray. With the wounds from his defeat to the Briton at Indian Wells still fresh, the Spaniard will be determined to put one past the former champion and going by his current form, the task certainly isn’t beyond him.

Murray v Alcaraz Prediction and Tip

While his wealth of experience and the win in his only previous head-to-head outing against Alcaraz will give Murray a slight edge going into this second-round clash, the Spaniard has the wherewithal to take down the champion and his opening-round win over Evans will only add to his motivation.

Tip: Murray to win: 1.73/2.16 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Vienna Open will be played from October 25 to 31. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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