Andy Murray's main weapon may be used against him in Denis Shapovalov Madrid Open tie


Andy Murray’s old weapon will be used against him in his Madrid Open match against Denis Shapovalov. Murray will be facing the world No 16 for the first time since his former coach of five years Jamie Delgado joined the Canadian’s camp. The Brit enjoyed his most successful season under Delgado but his old mentor will now be able to expose Murray’s tactics to Shapovalov.

Murray and Shapovalov will meet in the second round of the Madrid Masters on Tuesday night in what is their second meeting, and their first since Murray’s former coach started working with the 23-year-old. After the former world No 1 parted ways with Delgado in the off-season, the Canadian approached him and appointed him as his new coach.

Delgado had joined Murray’s team in 2016 and been his big weapon during the most successful season of his career that year, as he won a second Wimbledon title, second Olympic gold medal and ascended to the world No 1 spot for the first time. While the British coach isn’t in Madrid with Shapovalov, he will be in close communication with the world No 16 and be able to expose all areas of Murray’s game to his new young charge.

The Birmingham-born coach was still in Murray’s corner when the current world No 78 took on Shapovalov for the first time in the Wimbledon third-round last year, with the former top-10 player defeating him 6-4 6-2 6-2 before going on to reach his maiden Grand Slam semi-final.

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