US Open: Murray v TsongaJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Andy Murray prepares to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round of the US Open at 8pm tonight as fans of the British number one watch on anxiously.
Murray’s recent Grand Slam slump has left his fans bitterly disappointed but the Brit appears to be more confident about his chances against Tsonga tonight, despite losing in three sets to the Frenchman last month.
The rivals faced one another at the quarter finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto in July which resulted in Tsonga’s first victory over Murray in more than six years. Despite his recent succession of Grand Slam defeats, Murray says he’s given a lot of thought to where he has been going wrong and is confident of getting back into his old groove.
“It’s not really about how you play,” he commented after defeating Andrey Kuznetsov in the third round. “Sometimes you can play really good tennis and lose. I’m more interested in trying to win the match against Jo and playing the right tactics to give myself the best chance of doing that.”
When asked if his recent losses against other top-10 players affected his game, Murray said: “Not as much as you guys would think. I’ve beaten many top-10 players over the course of my career in these events so I’m sure it will happen soon and I hope that’s the case on Monday.”
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga may prove to be a formidable opponent for Murray having beaten the Brit along with Djokovic, Dimitrov and Federer on consecutive days during the Rogers Cup to take the title.
Tsonga claims that Murray isn’t playing at his best right now and observes that Murray is serving and hitting the ball with less power since his return from back surgery. He also believes his serve is far less reliable, commenting, “You move differently because you want to keep your injury safe and then it can make you do some bad choices on the court.”
Murray has competed in the quarter finals of every Grand Slam tournament since the US Open four years ago, a record he hopes to continue if he wants to move into one of the eight qualifying positions for November’s ATP World Tour Finals.
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Murray has the edge with odds from Paddy Power pricing a win for the Brit at 4/6, whilst Tsonga has slightly longer odds at 6/5.