Murray’s awful form to continue in the Monte Carlo Masters
The Monte Carlo Masters doesn’t hold good memories for Andy Murray after he was knocked out of the first round in his debut appearance here last year, and another defeat would make that four tournaments without a win for the world number four.
Unbelievably Andy Murray hasn’t won a set since his Australian Open semi-final match with David Ferrer and the Scot is hoping for some better form on the clay courts.
The Monte Carlo Masters is the first major clay court tournament of the ATP season and with Novak Djokovic not featuring, Murray finds himself seeded third but has Monte Carlo Masters odds of 33/1 to win the tournament.
As the third seed Murray enters the Monte Carlo tournament in the second round and the Scot will be hoping to end a run of three tournaments in which he’s failed to win his opening match – he’s 4/11 to beat Stepanek.
Radek Stepanek (2/1 to beat Murray) stands in the way of Murray and a third round spot and after the Czech beat Marcos Baghdatis in the first round, Stepanek will prove to be a difficult opponent for Murray.
Stepanek has played just eight clay court matches in his career and has only lost two of those whereas Murray has played 10 matches on clay and has lost four of them.
With his game in disarray, a tough tie against Stepanek is the last thing Murray needs and we’re siding with the Czech to fight his way to another three set victory at 9/2.
Of the four times they’ve met, Murray has won three but Stepanek won the last meeting between the two in three sets having lost the first set 6-1.
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