• Murray makes his 2011 Japan Open debut on Wednesday

    10/5/11 4:25 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Murray makes his 2011 Japan Open debut on Wednesday Scotland’s Andy Murray will take on Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in an intriguing first round matchup.

    Andy Murray (2) vs. Marcos Baghdatis

    Andy Murray has a shockingly poor record over world No. 54 Marcos Baghdatis. The Cyrpriot has a 3-1 advantage over Murray, with the latest win going to Baghdatis this year in Rotterdam.

    Baghdatis did not have a good showing at the US Open or Metz but he had a fantastic run in Kuala Lumpur, where he made the final, losing to Janko Tipsarevic. His confidence is likely to be sky-high and his winning record over Murray ought to ensure that this will be a great match.

    Murray went one better than Baghdatis in Bangkok, taking the title over American Donald Young. The Scot has the added incentive this week of trying to overtake Roger Federer at the No. 3 spot.

    Prediction – Murray in 3 entertaining sets.

    David Ferrer (3) vs. Matthew Ebden

    David Ferrer’s match against Australia’s Matthew Ebden should prove to be a straightfoward affair for the Spaniard. Ebden is ranked 137th in the world, and he was knocked out of Kuala Lumpur last week in the first round by Belgian David Goffin, who sits at 276th in the world.

    Ferrer and his world-class return game should make short work of Ebden. Ferrer in straight sets.

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Oh dear, I see muzz is struggling against baggie. I can only assume he's playing 'with caution' :( Gladly, I can't watch just now.

alex , 10/5/11 10:35 AM

Have to say though, baggie - like nalby, muzz's potential R3 opponent - has the A-game to beat anyone in the world on his day and play as high, if not higher, a standard than any of the seeds in this tourney. So no shock i'm afraid if muzz goes down to either. It's just a pity about what the inconsistency of nalby and baggie does to their rankings.

alex , 10/5/11 10:47 AM

alex, a bit more faith please!.....ahem...thank goodness I couldn't watch...;)
Come on Andy! Every point counts now :)

deuce , 10/5/11 11:18 AM

phew, normal service resumed, a break down in set 3 but in the end ... yes, apologies deuce, and it is about time he won by rollercoaster again.

alex , 10/5/11 2:40 PM

alex, lol. We wouldn't want to relax, now would we.......?

deuce , 10/5/11 5:00 PM

What happened in this match? It would be great if I could actually see some of the tennis! This was quite a battle.

Nativenewyorker , 10/5/11 8:48 PM

C'mon Andy... finale is there for you!!!
Deuce, Alex, yours conversations during the Andy's matches are always hilarious :)))

zare , 10/5/11 9:07 PM

@zare, their humor is familiar to us as we have been there with Novak ups and downs :)

atg , 10/5/11 11:53 PM

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