Betting preview: Back confident Andy Murray to get the better of Carlos Alcaraz again

Andy Murray is looking increasingly confident, but can he get past one of tennis' biggest young talents when they meet in Vienna?

Andy Murray will continue his own personal Odyssey back to the tennis elite when he faces Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz in Vienna this week.

Murray has had a recent look at the brilliant 18-year-old, with him able to get the best of him in a marathon match at Indian Wells earlier this month.

That was on a slow outdoor hardcourt, so the challenge will be different on a quicker indoor surface. However, will the result be the same?

When, where, and how to watch

Where: Vienna (Indoor hardcourt)

When: Wednesday, October 27, 4.30pm BST (approx)

How to watch: Amazon Prime TV

Murray movement gathering pace

Andy Murray in action at Indian Wells

You'd have thought Andy Murray was due a little luck after the injury nightmare he has endured, but sadly he has not had any.

His recent run of nightmares draws in tournaments continued in Vienna, where world number 10 Hubert Hurkacz was his first opponent.

The Pole had beaten Murray in the only two matches they had previously played, and would have been expecting to do the same again this time around too.

However, Murray managed to find arguably his best tennis of the season to beat him 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 and earn a very welcome win against top ten opposition.

That victory contained some vintage Murray stuff, and he said he had a pretty good idea where it was coming from.

"My movement has been getting a little better with each match," Murray explained after beating Hurkacz.

"A lot of my movement is about anticipation and when you're not playing many matches - like I haven't been in recent years - you don't read the play quite as well.

"Now I'm starting to see the ball a little earlier and starting to react a little quicker, which means I will start to chase more balls down."

If Murray can produce another win against Alcaraz it is likely Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini will await him, but things always look a little more hopeful when you're beating top ten players.

Andy Murray profile

Age: 34

World ranking: 156 (highest: 1)

Turned Pro: 2005

Career titles: 46

Career W/L: 688/211

Plays: Right-handed

Backhand: Two-handed

Recent tournament performances

Antwerp (Indoor hardcourt): R2

Indian Wells (Outdoor hard): R3

San Diego (Outdoor hard): R2

Metz (Indoor hard): QF

US Open (Outdoor hard): R1

Winston-Salem (Outdoor hard): R2

Alcaraz the real deal, but not quite yet

Carlos Alcaraz forehand

You won't find a tennis fan on the planet who is not expecting some seriously big things from Carlos Alcaraz.

The Spaniard is considered the heir to Rafael Nadal in his homeland and it's far more than mere hype at this stage.

Despite being just 18, Alcaraz is already in the top 50 in the world and he underlined his potential with a sensational run to the quarter-finals of the US Open before injury ended his hopes.

That run included a win over world number three Stefanos Tsitsipas so no one, least of all Andy Murray, will be underestimating the teenager.

Carlos Alcaraz profile

Age: 18

World ranking: 42 (highest: 38)

Turned Pro: 2018

Career titles: 1

Career W/L: 23/16

Plays: Right-handed

Backhand: Two-handed

Recent tournament performances

Indian Wells (Outdoor hardcourt): R2

US Open (Outdoor hardcourt): QF

Winston-Salem (Outdoor hardcourt): SF

Cincinnati Masters (Outdoor hardcourt): R1

Kitzbuhel (Clay): R1

Umag (Clay): Winner

Court speed will make things harder for Murray

Murray won the only meeting to date between these two players, with that coming just a few weeks ago at Indian Wells.

It was an absorbing contest to say the least, but the conditions made it an absolutely arduous one.

In fact, the court was so slow that day that Andy Murray was able to serve an underarm ace, but don't expect that to be the case in Vienna.

Whilst the court isn't playing lightning quick, it's certainly speedier than the Indian Wells one, and that will favour Alcaraz with his power from the baseline.

Of course, Murray is easily experienced and wily enough to come up with some kind of strategic solution to that, but expect the longer rallies to go the way of the Spaniard.

Andy Murray vs Carlos Alcaraz head-to-head

Matches: 1

Murray wins: 1

Alcaraz wins: 0

Recent meetings

2021 Indian Wells - Murray 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

Planet Sport prediction

Clearly Andy Murray still has a long way to go before he is the player he once was. Whether he can get back there at all given he's 34-years-old and has a metal hip is a debate for another time.

However, there is a really positive feel around the Scotsman at the moment. He is getting regular matches and that is starting to show in his movement, touch, and general sharpness.

Murray looks like he is growing in confidence with every match right now, regardless of if he wins or loses, and he may have too much know-how for Alcaraz again.

It could turn into a real war if Alcaraz is in the groove, but back Andy Murray to win it in three.