Andy Murray starts off his Wimbledon journey on Monday with a first-round match versus James Duckworth. The two unseeded players will meet on Monday afternoon with a possible second round fixture against Enzo Couacaud or John Isner.
Murray is ranked No. 52 in the world ahead of Monday’s match with Duckworth. The British tennis player is a two-time Wimbledon winner. Murray won the Championships in 2013 and 2016. Although he is considered Britain's all-time greatest tennis player, Murray has won just three Grand Slams in his career. Injuries have cast shadows over Murray’s career in recent years and those injuries will be an issue for Murray in the opening round versus Duckworth.
Duckworth is ranked No. 74 in the world according to the ATP. He turned pro in 2010 and has posted a win-loss record of 47-80 over the course of his career. Duckworth is a major underdog going into round No. 1 against Murray. He has never won a tennis title on the ATP tour. The Australian’s previous best at Wimbledon was in 2021 when he finished third at the Championships.
Monday’s match will be the third all time between these tennis players. Murray is unbeaten against Duckworth in their two previous matches. Will third time be the charm for Duckworth?
Andy Murray vs James Duckworth Betting Odds
Murray is a former World No. 1, which gives him plenty of prestige ahead of playing Duckworth. There will certainly be plenty of fans and pundits that expect Murray to mow down Duckworth thanks to his history. However, Murray’s fitness could be an issue on Monday. Yes, Murray has a record of 16-9 this season with zero tournament titles. Yet, he has had to retire from matches previously due to injury issues.
The British tennis star has qualified for two tournament finals in 2022. He reached the final of the Sydney International. Aslan Karatsev defeated Murray in two sets to win the tournament. Murray, who is now 35-year-old, also reached the final of the BOSS Open in Stuttgart. Unfortunately, Murray was beaten 4-6, 7-5, 3-6 by Matteo Berrettini in the final match.
Duckworth is coming off of playing at the Eastbourne tournament in Great Britain. He reached the round of 32 before losing in three sets to Lorenzo Sonego. Duckworth played at the French Open but lost in the round of 128 to Mikael Ymer.
Murray is a heavy favourite to win the match at the best betting odds of 1/6. The British tennis star is at the best betting odds of 8/11 to win in three straight sets. Murray is ¼ to win the first set, while Duckworth is at 11/4 to win the first set. One of the two matches between these players played previously went to three sets with Murray winning in the end. Murray is at the odds of 8/5 to win the match with both players winning a set. Duckworth is at the best betting odds of 6/1 to win the match and both players to claim a set win.
Andy Murray vs James Duckworth H2H
Murray and Duckworth have met twice previously. The British tennis legend claimed wins in both matches against Duckworth. Their first match was played in 2018 at the US Open. Murray won the match 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. After dropping the first set to the Australian, Murray battled back to pick up the win in the round of 128.
The second match between Murray and Duckworth was played in 2019 at Brisbane. Murray claimed the win 6-3, 6-4 in the round of 32. The winner of Monday’s match will face Enzo Couacaud or 20th seed John Isner in the second round of the Championships.
Murray’s last tournament was in early June at the Stuttgart Open. He played in the final against Matteo Berrettini, losing 4-6, 7-5, 3-6. Murray built up some strong momentum prior to reach the tournament final in Germany.
It was reported that Murray suffered an abdominal injury in Stuttgart against Berrettini. The injured occurred on June 12, so there hasn’t been a lot of time for Murray to heal. If Murray’s abdominal injury isn’t fully healed, Duckworth could benefit from the Britain’s limited movement. Murry suffered the abdominal injury while serving in the third set versus Berrettini.
Even with injury problems, Murray’s quality on the court is higher than Duckworth’s. The Aussie has struggled on grass. But with Murray suffering that Abdominal injury earlier this month and being five years older than Duckworth, the Aussie could spring a surprise.
Andy Murray vs James Duckworth Betting Tips
Duckworth is a major underdog going into the match on Monday. The Aussie has never defeated Murray, losing twice in two meetings. Their last match came about three years ago and a lot has changed in Murray’s career. It cannot be understated that Murray is coming off of an abdominal injury which was suffered at the Stuttgart Open versus Matteo Berrettini. The injury occurred while serving in the third set.
Murray has shown promise in 2022. He blazed a path to the Stuttgart Open Final before losing to Berrettini. He also reached the final of the Sydney International tournament before losing to Aslan Karatsev. Murray lost in the round of 64 at the Australian Open to Taro Daniel. He didn’t appear at Roland Garros.
Duckworth could take advantage of Murray’s fitness. The British player could use a break after suffering the injury in Stuttgart, but wants to play his home Grand Slam. Duckworth has a lot to prove and could take a set from Murray. The Aussie player will be up for the match. Our betting tips prediction is for both Murray and Duckworth to win a set. In the end, Murray’s quality should rise to the top. Murray should win the match but drop a set to Duckworth, just like when these players met in 2018 at the US Open.
Murray may struggle once he gets past Duckworth, however. The competition will increase on the former world No. 1.