Durasovic vs Murray: prediction for the ATP Sydney match
It is rare to see Viktor Durasovic at a big tournament like Sydney International, but the Norwegian tennis player has had a flying start to the season and easily passed the qualification. On his way to the main draw of the tournament, Durasovic outplayed Pablo Andujar (7-6, 3-6, 6-3) and Harri Heliövaara (6-4, 3-6, 6-4). Earlier this year, Durasovic played against Filip Krajinovic (2-6, 5-7), Pablo Carreno Busta (3-6, 3-6), and Alejandro Tabilo (1-6, 7-6, 1-6) at the ATP Cup.
Andy Murray started his season with a defeat. In the first round of the Great Ocean Road Open, Murray lost to Facundo Bagnis in three sets (3-6, 7-5, 3-6). In December, however, the British tennis player delivered a solid performance at the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, where he outplayed Daniel Evans (6-3, 6-2) and Rafael Nadal (6-3, 7-5), and had a close match with Andrei Rublev in the final (4-6, 6-7).
In the last 5 matches, Durasovic played 2 tie-breaks.
Murray played less than 9 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
Murray lost to Bagnis in his first match of the new year, but he shouldn't have any problems against Durasovic. We suggest betting on Murray's victory with a negative handicap.
Our prediction - handicap(-4.5) to Murray
The two opponents met last year in Stockholm. Then Murray confidently won the first set, but lost focus in the second and almost allowed Durasovic to win. The British player won on a tie-break.
We think that Murray won't make the same mistake today and will confidently beat the Norwegian in two sets.
Second wager - total under 20 games