Murray Favourite For Munich Title

Atp Munich

Published: 28/04/2015

Britain`s Andy Murray is the strong favourite to take home the BMW Open title this week following the pre-tournament withdrawals of reigning champion Martin Klizan and high profile contenders Ivo Karlovic, Gael Monflis and Andreas Seppi. Murray is available at the best price of 13/8 at Betvictor.

Murray will be making his debut in the Munich tournament and will be hoping to become the first British man to make the final of the singles competition since Buster Mottram finished as the runner-up in the 1978 edition. Last year, Murray`s brother Jamie was one of the men to take the men`s doubles crown in Munich, he partnering Australian John Peers. They would take down the British pair of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins in straight sets.

The Scottish world number three has performed admirably on all of his previous 2015 outings without ever managing to pick up an ATP title. Murray took Novak Djokovic to a fourth set in the final of the Australian Open but eventually relinquished his Grand Slam hopes after losing this final set without picking up a game. His best finish subsequent to this yearly debut came when losing out to Djokovic in the final of the Miami Masters. The Dunblaine born star would take the first set on a tie-break but would lose the second by six games to four. He would concede the deciding set 6-0 for the second time against the world number one.

Murray will open his BMW Open account with a second round clash against one of two home hopes, either qualifier Mischa Zverev or Jan-Lennard Struff.

This year`s second favourite for the BMW Open is Spain`s Roberto Bautista Agut. Like Murray, Bautista Agut will also be making his Munich singles debut but comes into this competition on a high after reaching the quarter-finals of Spain`s Barcelona Open. The 27-year-old would only be knocked out by the eventual two-time tournament champion Kei Nishikori with the Spaniard putting in a valiant effort to take the Japanese player to a third set (2-6, 6-3, 1-6). Bautista Agut has also reached ATP tournament semi-finals on two occasions this year his first being on his 2015 debut in the Chennai Open in India, the second being in Marseille in France.

The 6` Spaniard will kick off his German Open campaign with a second stage clash against either Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek or Uzbekistani Farrukh Dustov. He can be backed at 7/1 at paddy Power to pick up his first title of the season.

Fabio Fognini recorded his best ever finish in this competition last year, finishing runner-up to Klizan. The Italian took the first set by six games to two but could only secure three games in the remaining two sets to see the trophy slip through his fingers. He can be backed at 10/1 (sportingbet) to go one better this time around.

Seeded number eight, Fognini has not received a bye into the tournament`s second stage and will have to secure his place in this round by seeing off lucky loser Basian Trinker. The 27-year-old Rio de Janeiro finalist will then have to overcome potential clashes with the likes of Dominic Thiem and Pablo Andujar to reach his second consecutive final in Germany.

Andujar is up for grabs at 16/1 at both betfred and Betvictor to take home the 2015 BMW Open title with Thiem a 28/1 (Stan James) shout. Otherwise, perhaps the best of the rest is Philipp Kohlschreiber, this competition`s champion in both 2007 and 2012 and the runner-up in 2013. The 31-year-old Kohlschreiber can be backed at 12/1 (betfred).

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