2021 Open Sud de France First Round – Egor Gerasimov vs Andy Murray Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Egor Gerasimov vs Andy Murray taking place? Sud de France Arena, Montpellier, France

When is Egor Gerasimov vs Andy Murray on and what time does it start? Tuesday 23rd February, 2021– Not before 18:00 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for Egor Gerasimov vs Andy Murray? Click here for the latest ticket information

What channel is Egor Gerasimov vs Andy Murray on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Egor Gerasimov vs Andy Murray in the UK? Subscribers of Tennis TV can stream the match live

THE LOWDOWN

EGOR GERASIMOV

  • 28-year-old Egor Gerasimov is 3-3 for the season so far after some equal-parts impressive victories and disappointing defeats, most notably a 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 thrashing by qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the Australian Open second round.
  • The world number 83 beat an out-of-sorts Benoit Paire over four sets in his first match at the Australian Open and has also beaten tough opponents in Marton Fucsovics and Lloyd Harris this year.

ANDY MURRAY

  • World number 121 Andy Murray was handed a wildcard to the Open Sud de France in Montpellier after playing in a Challenger tournament in Italy where he lost to Ilya Marchenko in the final.
  • 33-year-old Murray missed out on the Australian Open due to contracting covid-19 in the week prior and it remains to be seen how much the illness has or has not affected the former world number one.

THE PREDICTION

Andy Murray has suffered a well-documented four years now of injury setbacks since winning the ATP Finals in 2016 as world number one and he was ready for a Grand Slam comeback earlier this month before coronavirus forced him to pull out of the Australian Open. The three-time Grand Slam champion reached the final of Challenger event Biella 1 last week before seeming to run out of steam in the final and he has been given a tough opening match at the Open Sud de France here in Egor Gerasimov. The Belarusian is a difficult player to predict, well capable of causing upsets as well as being well beaten by players lower-ranked at him. His most recent defeat was part of Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev’s meteoric rise to the semi-finals at the Australian Open last week and it remains to be seen how he will fare against a Murray with the Brit desperate for statement performance. Gerasimov took just one game in three sets against Karatsev and that could hurt his confidence but in terms of rankings and recent form he is the favourite to win this match. There are plenty of ifs and buts with this match but both players should be able to take a set here and that could be the only predictable thing about it. Gerasimov should win but Murray played five full matches last week with no injury concerns and that should bolster his resolve to come through here.

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