sport news Wimbledon: Andy Murray will need to be at his best to beat Denis Shapovalov

sport news Wimbledon: Andy Murray will need to be at his best to beat Denis Shapovalov
sport news Wimbledon: Andy Murray will need to be at his best to beat Denis Shapovalov
Andy Murray will need to be at his best to beat Denis Shapovalov in Wimbledon third round... the Canadian can hit winners from anywhere and he will not let the two-time champion get away with drifting off like he has already this week Andy Murray will need to be at his best to beat Denis Shapovalov on Friday  The world No 12 is a wonderful strokemaker who can hit winners from anywhere The young Canadian will not allow Murray to drift like he did in earlier rounds The Scot risks defeat on Centre Court if he suffers another huge drop in level 

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Young Canadian Denis Shapovalov has little doubt which version of Andy Murray he will be seeing across the net on Centre Court on Friday.

The world No 12 watched the drama unfold on Wednesday night, as the 34 year-old Scot came back from two sets to one down to beat Oscar Otte and set up their third-round meeting.

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‘Seeing the last couple of sets, it looked like the old Andy out there,’ said the 22-year-old, who had enjoyed a day off after a walkover. ‘It brought a lot of memories back to me of when he was dominant.’

Andy Murray will need to be at his best to beat Denis Shapovalov in the third round on Friday

Andy Murray will need to be at his best to beat Denis Shapovalov in the third round on Friday

Murray takes on Shapovalov as part of a double header on the main arena that also features Dan Evans against American Sebastian Korda. Novak Djokovic has been relegated to Court One.

There are several parallels. Two 30-something Brits with huge grass court experience will take on arguably the brightest young prospects North America has to offer.

In true tennis fashion, both of them have had their talents honed by ambitious parents of East European origin.

Murray will be the main event as Wimbledon continues to stealthily morph into a night-time event. The closing stages of his match against the little-known German pulled nearly 7million viewers, even up against Love Island.

The young Canadian is a wonderful strokemaker who can hit winners from anywhere

The young Canadian is a wonderful strokemaker who can hit winners from anywhere

What does the next episode have in store? Shifts galore and potential defeat, if Murray suffers another huge drop in level and lapses into passive ways, partly through fatigue and partly through a lack of matchplay.

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