ATP ball falls in Mur­ray’s court

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ti­tles be­tween them, but Mur­ray has a good head-to-head record against the Swiss, hav­ing won six of their nine meet­ings, while the Ar­gen­tinian has looked phys­i­cally and men­tally spent since winning the US Open. Ver­dasco beat Mur­ray in this year’s Aus­tralian Open but has lost to him in all seven of their other en­coun­ters.

Rafael Nadal and No­vak Djokovic head the sec­ond group, though Mur­ray may be just as happy to have avoided the other two play­ers in that sec­tion. Niko­lay Davy­denko knocked the Scot out of last year’s semi-fi­nals and has won four of their nine meet­ings, while Robin Soder­ling, who has been called in to re­place the in­jured Andy Rod­dick.

“His record in­doors is one of the best in the world and he ob­vi­ously grew up play­ing in­doors a lot in Swe­den,” Mur­ray said. “He’s tough to beat, with a big serve. He’s a very good guy to have stepped in for Rod­dick, but that shows you what qual­ity there is around.

“All of the guys are tough, oth­er­wise they wouldn’t be here. Rafa is al­ways go­ing to be tough be­cause he’s such a com­peti­tor and there’s no one tougher than Roger at his best.

“No­vak’s play­ing re­ally well and he’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to play against when he’s con­fi­dent. – Belfast Tele­graph

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