Richard Gasquet vs Andy Murray Tennis Betting Tip Murray to win – 16th August 2021

Murray can progress to the second round in Cincinnati

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France Richard Gasquet vs Andy Murray United Kingdom
16th August from 1900hrs
Tennis – USA – ATP Cincinnati
Pick Murray to win
Bookmaker Coral
Odds: 8/13* (odds taken 23:12 GMT August 15th 2021)

Andy Murray makes his return to action this week as he has accepted a wild card for Cincinnati.

After pulling out of the singles tournament at the Olympics, this will be his first singles action since Wimbledon.

He faces France’s Richard Gasquet in his opener, a player against whom Murray holds a commanding head to head lead.

Bet at Coral


Richard Gasquet Preview – Can Gasquet move past Murray?

35-year-old Richard Gasquet had to get through a couple of qualification rounds to make the main draw at ATP Cincinnati.

So it has already been a busy time for him, but it means he has match sharpness.

The two wins that Gasquet collected in qualification is the first time that he has played since the end of July.

It is, therefore, the first action that he has had on a hard court surface in a while.

The Frenchman hasn’t been on a hard court since a second-round loss in Dubai back in mid-March.

In the match tonight for tennis betting, the win for Gasquet is at a quote of 5/4* (odds taken 23:12 GMT August 15th 2021 at Coral)

Our betting prediction:
Murray 2-1

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* (odds taken 23:12 GMT August 15th 2021 at Coral)


Only in one tournament on the ATP and Challenger Tours this season has Gasquet managed to win more than two games in the main draw of a tournament.

Interestingly the last time that Gasquet faced Murray was in the 2019 Cincinnati tournament.

The Frenchman took a straight-set victory over the Brit, who was struggling with injury.

That left Gasket on a W4 L8 record against Murray.

We think that the lack of hard court form from Gasquet could hurt his chances.


Andy Murray Preview – Murray to make winning return?

Andy Murray made his big competitive return after another lay off, at this year’s Wimbledon.

He scraped through the first two rounds before being demolished by Denis Shapolovalov.

Murray was then supposed to play in the singles at the Olympic Games.

But he withdrew from that before the start because of a torn muscle.

So that also leaves him a little short of current action, just like Gasquet.

Interestingly all but two of the previous twelve meetings between Murray and Gasquet have needed more than two sets.

So the Murray 2-1 set betting option may be a factor here for tennis at 8/13* (odds taken 23:12 GMT August 15th 2021 at Coral)

It’s not as if Murray’s defence is anywhere near as sharp as it was when he was in his prime. Naturally.

At Wimbledon, he dropped at least a set in all three matches.

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Andy Murray has won the Cincinnati title twice in his career.

Those triumphs happened in 2008 and 2011. There’s no reason to suspect that he will add a third.

It has been eight matches this season for Murray on the ATP Tour.

Notably, all but one of those losses were against players who are currently ranked 12th or higher in the world.

His First Round opponent in Cincinnati this week is ranked outside the Top 50.


Richard Gasquet vs Andy Murray Betting Advice

We think that Murray is well worth a look to get through this opening round match.

He sounds confident and it has still taken better players this season to knock him over.

But we think the safe play is the Murray 2-1 set betting option at 10/3* (odds taken 23:12 GMT August 15th 2021 at Coral)


Key Facts – Richard Gasquet vs Andy Murray Betting Tip

  • Richard Gasquet beat Murray in Cincinnati in their most recent meeting (2019)
  • Richard Gasquet trails Murray 4-8 in the head to head
  • Andy Murray has a 33-13 career record in Cincinnati


Gasquet is a technically good, wily old player but he doesn’t immediately rate as a big threat.

He has struggled to get very far in tournaments this season at the top level.

The Frenchman will benefit from having had playing time in the qualifiers, so that should help him at least get a consolation set.


The best betting odds for Richard Gasquet vs Andy Murray

Richard Gasquet to win: 5/4 at Bet365
Andy Murray to win: 8/13 at Bet365