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When is Andy Murray playing next? How to watch his opening Qatar Open 2022 match vs Taro Daniel online


Andy Murray knows the right formula for winning tennis matches. In fact, he’s fairly well versed at plotting tournament triumphs over the course of an illustrious career that he is desperately trying to extend.

That’s why, when he crashed out of the Australian Open second round to qualifier Taro Daniel, the 34-year-old ended coach Jan de Witt’s trial and went back to his former mentor Dani Valverdu this month.

The Briton hopes that by trialling and testing a number of coaching options, he can be ready for the summer swing of what might be his swansong tennis season and perhaps one final stab at Wimbledon.

He has outlined the need for “consistency”, revealing recently that “having different messages from people who are working with you each week is not ideal”.

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Andy Murray’s February schedule

  • Rotterdam Open: 5-13 February – beaten in second round by Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 6-4
  • Qatar Open: 14-19 February – faces Taro Daniel in first round on Monday 14 February 
  • Dubai Tennis Championships: 19-26 February

Watch all three tournaments live on Amazon Prime Video

But finding the right coach and getting the winning momentum rolling again is not going to be easy. Murray’s body may be on the mend but the second-round defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Rotterdam last week highlighted just how far the three-time slam champion is from where he truly needs to be.

Indeed, since his defeat at the Sydney International final to Aslan Karatsev in the build-up to the Australian Open, Murray has laboured on court. Two narrow wins and two convincing defeats.

His ranking will soon nudge back into the ATP’s top 90 but that isn’t enough for Murray to avoid the “bigger” boys in early rounds of tournaments – such as Auger-Aliassime in Rotterdam, and potentially Roberto Bautista Agut and Dan Evans in Qatar should he make it past Daniel.

Discussing his recent improvements following defeat in the Netherlands, Murray said: “If I look at the beginning of this year and obviously the result [against Auger-Aliassime] didn’t go my way, but there has been some positive signs.

Andy Murray vs Taro Daniel

  • Where: Qatar Open, Doha
  • Level: ATP 250
  • Surface: Hard
  • Date: Monday 14 February
  • Start time: TBA
  • Live stream: Amazon Prime Video

“I really feel like my tennis can be a lot better.

“I don’t feel like I lost because I was really struggling with my movement but I believe that my tennis can improve providing I put in the right work and consistently work on the right things for a period of time and I believe that will happen.

“It probably won’t happen overnight because some of the mistakes that I’ve been making technically have been probably happening for 18 months or so, so it takes a bit of time to break those habits.

“I’ll need to put in a lot of work on them to change that.”

Daniel beat Murray in straight sets at the Australian Open this year (Photo: AFP)

Murray faces Daniel – the Japanese qualifier who dumped him out of Melbourne in three sets – on Monday in his first-round match at the Qatar Open.

Win that and there are potential matches with Agut, Evans and then Marin Cilic, before a possible final encounter with Denis Shapovalov. Not the easiest of weeks for the former world No 1, but one in which he needs to go deep if he is to be ready for the sunshine swing and, then, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Daniel beat Murray 6-4 6-4 6-4 last month and rarely looked in trouble. Murray won just two of 11 break points that day and had little answer to Daniel’s stinging first serve.

Another defeat here could have Murray pondering his coaching options again, with the Dubai Tennis Championship just around the corner. He knows he needs to get this formula right if there’s going to be any sort of grand farewell come the summer.

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