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Andy Murray continues his adventures on Chinese shores in the Shanghai Open. He will take on the challenge of Roman Safiullin for an attempt at title success, meeting a formidable foe in the Chengdu Open runner-up.
Our favourite Roman Safiullin vs Andy Murray – match predictions
- 1 Our favourite Roman Safiullin vs Andy Murray – match predictions
- 2 Roman and Andy lock horns in Shanghai Masters first round
- 3 Key match details
Both Murray and Safiullin arrive in this fixture on the back of 2-1 defeats. Interstingly, these came against top-20 rivals, Alexander Zverev defeating the Russian while Alex de Minaur ended Murray’s adventures in Beijing.
3 Total Sets @ 5/4 (2.25)
Neither Murray nor Safiullin roll over against their rivals and it has been the case in their recent outings. Three of Murray’s last five matches have required the intervention of a deciding set while five of Russian’s last ten competitive outings have seen this coming true. Moreover, their two meetings to date have also gone the distance and required three sets to find a conclusion.
Over 22.5 Games @ 4/5 (1.80)
The last time Safiullin and Murray met in Bastad, 32 games were played before a victor was decided. It was the same case a year ago in Rennes where 25 games were played across three sets. Their recent form suggests the same where Safiullin was runner-up in Chengdu after gruelling 35 games seeing Zverev triumph. Murray’s duel with De Minaur also saw 34 games being played. Based on this, we are backing the Over 22.5 games selection in this duel.
Roman Safiullin vs Andy Murray odds
According to most bookies, the British great is the underdog in this duel with Safiullin. At odds of 11/10 (2.10), he has a 47.6% chance of winning. It is the Russian star who is the slight favourite with a 58.1% chance of winning.
The odds in this article were correct at the time of writing, and the odds are subject to change. We recommend checking with your bookmaker before placing a bet.
Roman and Andy lock horns in Shanghai Masters first round
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far this season for the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
Roman Safiullin preview
The final defeat in Chengdu to Alexander Zverev was the highlight of Roman’s season, a much more important result than his title success in Koblenz but one of lesser magnitude than his Wimbledon quarter-final appearance. With just two Masters events remaining, Safiullin will want to give a better account of his abilities. Only on two ATP 1000 competitions has he went past the first round and will hope to improve that jinxed record in Shanghai.
Andy Murray preview
It is difficult to stop praising the British knight. Sir Andy Murray has the doggedness that continues to define him although the physicality might have departed. He has two wins in four matches, with both of his defeats requiring his rivals to dig deep and get past him in a deciding set. He has added silverware to his ranks on the Challenger circuit in 2023 and will be battling for glory in the Shanghai Masters.
Roman Safiullin vs Andy Murray head to head
Roman and Andy prepare for their third annual meeting in Shanghai. It was the Russian star who delivered the first blow in Rennes with the Scotsman evening out their H2H record with a win in Bastad in 2022.
Key match details
- What is the prize money for Shanghai Masters 2023? The total prize money for Shanghai Masters 2023 is $8,800,000.
- Where is the match being played? Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena will host the Shanghai Masters 2023.
- Who is the reigning Shanghai Masters champion? Daniil Medvedev is the reigning Shanghai Masters champion.
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