Tennis news – Frustrated Andy Murray loses to seed Hubert Hurkacz in ATP Metz quarter-finals
Andy Murray made a frustrated figure by losing to seed Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets, 7-6 (4) 6-3, in the quarter-finals at ATP Metz.
Murray was in high contention when he took the first set from a tie-break, but it was then that the Pole found the advantage to take it 7-4 and establish his authority over the game.
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At 2-2 in the second set, a resurgence for the Briton still seemed possible, but Hurkacz broke serve to establish a 4-2 lead and regain control.
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The world number 13 managed to find a superb rhythm on his serve as he shot 13 aces and took 83% of the points on his first delivery.
Hurkacz, 24, will then face Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the semi-final in Metz. Home favorite Gael Monfils is hiding on the other side of the table, along with Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
For former world number one Murray, playing with a metal hip after his multiple surgeries, it was a punitive result after a string of positive results.
However, having reached his first ATP Tour quarter-final since October 2019, Murray will surely feel encouraged in the 2022 horizon.
Next up for the three-time Grand Slam champion is a flight to San Diego for next week’s ATP tournament in Southern California.
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