This first round of the 2021 US Open offers us a potentially tasty duel between legend Andy Murray and youngster Stéfanos Tsitsipas. While the two men have never faced each other, they will meet for a first duel this Monday from 7:30 p.m. in New York.

The two-time Olympic champion has been trying to get back to his best for months now. Since his multiple surgeries two years ago, Andy Murray has never regained his tennis. But the darling of Wimbledon continues to benefit from Wild Cards, which allows him to play the biggest tournaments. To prepare for the 2021 US Open, the Briton had decided to line up in two tournaments, although he had not been seen since his defeat in the third round in London.

After dominating Gasquet in the first round in Cincinnati, he was swept away by Hurkacz (6-7, 3-6). He then played in the Winston-Salem tournament but was stopped in the second round by Tiafoe (6-7, 3-6). Murray is therefore not approaching this last Slam of the season in the best possible way. But he remains capable of good performances and should be a tough opponent for Tsitsipas.

Despite his defeat in the Cincinnati Masters 1000 semi-final against Alexander Zverev, Stéfanos Tsitsipas is one of the title contenders in New York. Indeed, the 23-year-old is enjoying his best season as he reached his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros, lost to Djokovic. But this remains a milestone in his young career. He then suffered a worse blow in July, with a first-round elimination at Wimbledon, and a loss in the eighth of the Olympic tournament to Frenchie Ugo Umbert.

The Greek seemed to have regained a very good level of hard court play during the two North American tour events he took part in. First with a lost final against giant Opelka in Canada. Then with this half lost against Zverev. Pitting Murray at the start of this US Open will be a good indicator of form for him.

Certainly Murray is a great champion. But the young Stefanos Tsitsipas stands out as a major player at the top of the world hierarchy. He will be able to surf on his newfound good form to join the second round.

The intensity that Tsitsipas should put in the game could greatly disturb Murray. Even though the game could be played, we believe the Greek will manage to win in three sets.

Andy Murray remains an excellent server and will not want to lose his faceoff too quickly if he is to believe in his chances. Tsitsipas could have a hard time getting into his match against a great champion. This is why we are betting on a tie after 4 contested games.

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