TennisSection previews the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship as Andy Murray takes on Dan Evans in Round 1 on Thursday, December 16th, 2021.
Will Andy Murray come out and get a solid win under his belt to get some momentum going here at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and face one of his biggest rivals, Rafael Nadal? Will Dan Evans come out firing as he has nothing to lose being a late entry here after Dominic Thiem pulled out? Both players are hungry and determined to get some momentum going before next year? Both players know this is an exhibition tournament, but they also know that it is a great place to get some momentum going before the start of next season. Who will give themselves a chance to play the King of Clay on Friday at the 2021 Mubadala Championship?
Andy Murray is looking to get some strong competitive minutes under his belt here at the 2021 Mubadala Championship as he comes back from a month off after having played in Stockholm just over a month ago. Murray put on some great matches this year, and he most recently beat Jannik Sinner, a top 10 player, just a month ago. Coming here at this exhibition tournament, Murray will know that he is not fighting for a huge win, but on the other hand he knows that getting a win over Dan Evans before the start of the 2022 season would be a great sign for him as he aims to get some momentum going.
Dan Evans will be coming into the 2021 Mubadala Championship as a last minute reserve as Dominic Thiem had to withdraw from the exhibition. Dan has been playing well this year, winning 27 matches, but he has often struggled to get into the third round of tournaments, mostly faltering at the first or second round. Evans has a superb game, a flamboyant game where he aims to take the ball early and take time away from his opponents. However, he meets a very experienced player in Andy Murray now and he will have to find some extra level of tennis if he wants to cause the upset.
Andy Murray and Dan Evans have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Andy has been fighting hard to ensure he can prolong his career after him retiring due to his hip issues. Dan, on the other hand, has been playing at a great level this year, going far into tournaments, and getting his first career title. This match at the 2021 Mubadala Championship will just be a feast of entertainment where both players will try and give the crowd what they want, a long match where it does not matter who wins. However, if I have to go with who I believe has more chance of winning at this moment in time, I think Murray will just because he has the crowd on his side and he will want to win this match more as it means more for his momentum than it does for Dan.
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