ATP ball falls in Murray’s court
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