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Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal
Andy Murray is #2 in the world and playing in London versus Rafael Nadal who is playing his best tennis of 2015. Each man is 1-0 in round robin play so a win will put either man in the driver’s seat for winning their round robin. These two players meeting typically means a good match is forthcoming. The crowd is going to be strongly behind Murray, but Rafa has to be feeling great after avenging his Paris loss to Wawrinka in a one-sided beating.
How this is likely to play out? Murray will not play like Stan did. Murray’s speed and return will mean a lot of extended rallies. This will be a nice test for Rafa. Nadal’s consistency and willingness to step inside the court have been absent at times in 2015. Murray will force Rafa to do both if Rafa is to win.
I like Murray’s chances if his first serve percentage is high enough. If Rafa gets to look at a lot of second serves, I think Rafa takes this match.
My Prediction: Rafael Nadal d. Andy Murray 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, but both men advance to the semifinal round.