TennisSection previews the 2021 Antwerp Open as Andy Murray will meet Frances Tiafoe in the First Round on Tuesday October 19th, 2021.
A blockbuster match is upon us here at the 2021 Antwerp Open as Andy Murray and Frances Tiafoe will go head-to-head for a spot in the next round. Both men have been in good form lately and this is not a match that tennis fans will want to miss, as Murray is a former world number one and Tiafoe is one of the most popular and exciting players on the ATP Tour. Who will get the win here and advance to the Round of 16?
Andy Murray is currently ranked #121 on the ATP Tour, and is seemingly almost back to his best after a miserable past few years with injuries. The former world number one had multiple surgeries in recent times, and it was feared that his career was over. However, his sheer grit and determination have allowed him to regain some of that form, and he has had some outstanding results over the past few months. He was given a Wild Card for the 2021 Antwerp Open as his ranking has dropped too low for direct acceptance, and he will be hoping to improve that between now and the end of the year. His first opponent Frances Tiafoe is one of the most talented players on the Tour and this is set to be a huge baseline battle between two very fierce competitors.
Frances Tiafoe is unseeded here at the 2021 Antwerp Open and is currently ranked #49 in the world. The exciting young American has flashed some of his untapped potential but has largely failed to make the most of it, as he is capable of being a top 10 player. The biggest issue with Tiafoe is his inconsistency, as he is well known for defeating top players but then losing to players ranked much lower than him. His coach Wayne Ferreira has helped quite a big in this regard, and things are looking up for the American. He enters this match against Andy Murray as the favorite but will be well aware of his opponent’s good recent form, and is in for a tight match here. If he can keep his errors to a minimum he should be able to overpower Murray from the baseline, but the Scot is an elite defensive player so this will be a tricky one.
This will be the third meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour with the head to head being tied 1-1. Andy Murray won the first match last year in Cincinnati, with Tiafoe getting his revenge a few weeks ago at Winston-Salem in straight sets. I am exciting a very close and exciting three set encounter, with both men playing some dynamic and exciting tennis. After considering everything I am going with Frances Tiafoe to win this match. He has more firepower than his opponent, and his physical game should be able to wear Murray down. I think it will go right down to the wire, but we are backing the younger and fitter player to get the win here, and advance to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Antwerp Open.
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