TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Felix Auger-Aliassime takes on Andy Murray in the Round of 64 on Sunday, July 25th, 2021.
Will Andy Murray, the title defender, be the one to pull off the upset? Will Felix Auger-Aliassime get a good win to give him some confidence? Saturday’s contest will definitely be one to watch, where we will see a clash of generations. Who will move on to the Round of 32 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
Andy Murray is coming into this tournament with not a lot of confidence, with not amazing results in recent years, it’ll be hard for the two-time defending champion to find his form again. With his injuries, he’s been battling hard to come back, and it’ll definitely be a tough one with such an in-form opponent like Auger-Aliassime. It’ll be hard for Andy to find any way through him, but if he were to do it, he would have to hope Felix has many inconsistencies in his game, which is definitely possible, as we’ve seen it many times before. We also saw Murray upset Zverev in Cincinnati last year in three sets, so we know it’s possible for him to come through, especially considering how long ago that was and compared to how much better you’d think he is now. He’ll have to avoid playing too much defense, which we know is something he loved to do in his better years, but with his metal hip, and with someone who’s such a big hitter like Felix, it’ll be hard to rely solely on that. He’ll have to mix it up a little, we know how brilliant of a tactician Murray is, so if he’s able to mix up his game with lots of drop shots and slices, I think he can throw his opponent off and get some momentum going at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Felix Auger-Aliassime is coming into this matchup with what you would hope is a good amount of confidence, considering his opponent is nowhere near top form. As long as he can serve big, I think he’ll be able to replicate his style of play in Wimbledon, where he went very big off both wings and was super aggressive with his forehand. If he’s able to keep his shots very deep, not necessarily super powerful, that’ll put a lot of pressure on Murray and it’ll allow Auger-Aliassime to close pretty easily and get lots of points that way. Murray’s shots arent quite what they used to be, so I’m sure he’ll also be able to run around a lot of them and go big with his forehand, which is definitely one of his favorite patterns of play. Mostly, he’ll just have to make sure Murray doesn’t throw him off too much, and stay true to his game, making sure he can hold serve pretty easily.
Andy Murray and Felix Auger-Aliassime have played once before, with Felix Auger-Aliassime leading their head to head 1-0. With a quick and easy win at the US Open last year, Auger-Aliassime should try and replicate what he did in that match. Considering this result, it’s hard to find reasons for how Andy could win this one, especially seeing how much better Felix has gotten. However, if Auger-Aliassime isn’t able to do a good job of going from grass to hard, then Murray has a shot here, where he will be able to use his tactical play including many slices and drop shots. This contest should be a good one, who will move on to the Round of 32 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Felix Auger-Aliassime to win.
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