Two days after recording the 10th comeback of his career from two sets down, Andy Murray will continue his US Open campaign on Thursday against one of the brightest emerging talents on the ATP Tour: Felix Auger-Aliassime.
In a battle of former junior US Open champions, 33-year-old Murray (2004) and 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime (2016) will meet for the first time during the night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Murray, who saved a match point in his Tuesday victory against Yoshihito Nishioka, is aiming to return to the third round in New York for the first time since 2016. The former World No. 1 owns a 3-1 record this year, having beaten World No. 7 Alexander Zverev en route to the Western & Southern Open Round of 16 last week.
“[Felix] hits a big ball. He moves well. I hit with him once only in Beijing last year… He’s getting up to the top of the game. I think he quite obviously likes playing on the hard courts. He’s had some struggles with his serve at times. That’s something that I’ll look to capitalise on,” said Murray.
“He’s a top, top young player. He’ll have an excellent, excellent career for sure. He’s been really good since he was very young. I think, physically, he’s a fantastic mover [and a] good athlete. He’s developed fast.”
Auger-Aliassime is hoping to build on his maiden US Open victory against Thiago Monteiro. The World No. 21 is looking to rediscover the fine form he showcased prior to the suspension of the ATP Tour, when he reached back-to-back ATP Tour finals at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (l. to Monfils) and the Open 13 Provence in Marseille (l. to Tsitsipas). The Canadian owns a 15-10 record this year.
“[Andy] is a great champion,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I’ll be expecting the best from him next match… I’m going to prepare myself for a battle. I’m going to expect the best from him. Obviously, we’re all glad to see him back. I watched the whole way of his recovery. It’s good to see him playing good again and healthy. It’s an honour for me to face up with a guy like Andy.”
After playing only two sets in his opening match against Jaume Munar, Dominic Thiem will face Sumit Nagal of India for a spot in the third round. Following an opening-match loss to Filip Krajinovic at last week’s Western & Southern Open, the 2018 quarter-finalist’s victory against Munar was his first tour-level win since February. Nagal will not be intimidated by the occasion on Arthur Ashe Stadium. At last year’s US Open, the 23-year-old led Roger Federer by a set on the same court in the first round.
Daniil Medvedev will continue his quest for a first Grand Slam title against Christopher O’Connell of Australia. Medvedev is seeking his 10th US Open victory in just his fourth main draw appearance in New York. At last year’s event, the Russian beat 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov to reach his first Grand Slam final. US Open debutant O’Connell, who earned a living cleaning boats for six months in 2018, earned his maiden Grand Slam victory in the first round against Laslo Djere.
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On Court 12, Roberto Bautista Agut and Miomir Kecmanovic will meet for the second time in their ATP Head2Head series. Eighth seed Bautista Agut dropped only three games to beat the Serbian at the 2019 Western & Southern Open and enters their second meeting in top form. The Spaniard has won four of his five matches since the resumption of the ATP Tour, including his straight-sets victory against two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren in the first round.
Western & Southern Open finalist Milos Raonic will face countryman Vasek Pospisil on Louis Armstrong Stadium. Raonic leads Pospisil 2-1 in their ATP Head2Head series and dropped just four first-serve points in his opening match against Leonardo Mayer. Pospisil won his most recent meeting against Raonic at the 2018 European Open and has already climbed 55 positions in the FedEx ATP Rankings this year.
Other notable matches include 2019 semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini’s meeting against Ugo Humbert, Alex de Minaur and Richard Gasquet’s Court 11 encounter and Frances Tiafoe’s clash against 2018 quarter-finalist John Millman.
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