World No. 135, Andy Murray of Great Britain, will take David Goffin of Belgium, the world number 45, and number eight seed, in the quarter-final of the 2022 Sydney International on Thursday, January 13. Get the live streaming options of this Andy Murray David Goffin match along with its preview, head-to-head, and tips here.
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Andy Murray v David Goffin Head to Head
The pair have played each other six times before, and Murray has a 199% winning record, although it has been three years since their last encounter on court in Shenzhen.
Their first match was an opening round encounter at Wimbledon in 2014, and there were two matches in 2015 – at the Paris Masters and in the Davis Cup.
Two more encounters occurred the following year – at the Masters events in Rome and Shanghai.
Murray Shows His Fighting Spirit
Three-time Grand Slam winner, twice Olympic gold medallist and five-time Australian Open runner-up Murray has been given a wildcard in Sydney this week.
He is trying to find his best form ahead of the Australian Open next week, where he has also been given a wildcard, and is hoping for some improvements on his efforts of last week where he lost his opening match of the new season, beaten by the Argentine Federico Delbonis in three sets in the Melbourne summer set.
He has at least got the hurdle of his first win of 2022 out of the way after an easy victory in the first round over the Norwegian qualifier Victor Durasovic, the world number 345.
However, his second round opponent non Wednesday was much tougher – the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, seeded number two, and the world number 23.
The first set saw both men initially struggle in serve. Basilashvili was the first to drop his serve, but the Scot could not hod on to the advantage, and the Georgian levelled, meaning that tie-break was eventually required. And it was Basilashvili who claimed it.
The second set was almost a mirror image of the first – Basilashvili dropping his serve , only for Murray to be broken in turn.
This time though the former world number one was faultless in the tie-break, forcing the match into a third set.
And he took control of the match with an early break in the third. He had break points to extend his lead but could not take them and, when serving for the match, had a brief moment of panic when Basilashvili had a chance to break back, However, Murray fended that off and there points later, the match was his after more than three hours on court.
Goffin Finds Some Overdue Form
Goffin began 2022 hoping to find that elusive form that once made him a consistent top ten player.
His year began badly though, suffering a first round defeat in the Melbourne Summer Set tournament, bating by the Slovak Alex Molcan, the world number 74.
It will, therefore, have come as some relief when he opened his account for the year with a first round victory over the Argentine Facundo Bagnis, defeating him in straight sets
And, building on that, he entered his second round match with the American lucky loser, Denis Kudla, the world number 109, with renewed confidence.
The Belgian made the best possible start, breaking Kudla in the opening game of the match, and followed that up with another break as he breezed through the first set.
In the second set, Kudla saved a break point and then three more, But Goffin made the next one count, and then, when the American served to stay in the match, he was broken once more.
Murray v Goffin Prediction and Tip
Although Murray has an excellent record against Goffin, much will depend on his powers of recovery after such a tough match against Basilashvili, especially given his well-documented fitness problems in recent years.
If he can rest enough in time, then he will start favourite to continue that sequence against the Belgian.