Andy Murray vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime - 9/3/20 US Open Tennis Picks and Prediction
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Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Andy Murray
Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM (New York)
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Felix Auger-Aliassime and Andy Murray meet in the second round of the 2020 tennis US Open.
Felix Auger-Aliassime is coming off a four sets win over Thiago Monteiro that took 48 games to decide. In the victory, Auger-Aliassime won 81 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Auger-Aliassime won 74 percent of his total service points and converted on one of his eight break points. Auger-Aliassime was dominated with his serve in the first round, which included getting 65 percent of his first serves in play and hitting 15 aces. Auger-Aliassime also won the final two sets in tiebreaks, which just shows the mental toughness improving for the 20-year-old Canadian. Auger-Aliassime looks to make the third round of a grand slam for the second time in his career. Auger-Aliassime has split his last six matches on hard court.
Andy Murray is coming off a five sets win over Yoshihito Nishioka that took 56 games to decide. In the victory, Murray won 77 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Murray won 64 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his five break points. Murray was broken five times and had 13 double faults, but he dug deep and managed to win a match despite dropping the first two sets. The match took over four and a half hours and Murray prevailed, which just goes to show that his hip has improved a lot and he’s feeling good out there. Murray looks to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time since the 2017 Wimbledon. Murray has won three of his last four matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
We’ve backed Murray a couple times since the return and he’s cashed for us nicely. Murray obviously has the experience edge and is more than capable of winning this match if he cleans up the errors. With that said, there’s a fatigue issue with Murray after playing over four hours in the first round and the day of rest only does so much. Murray is still getting his feet wet since the return of hip surgery and Auger-Aliassime is somebody who is really starting to come into his own.
I’ll side with Auger-Aliassime in four sets.