Andy Murray beaten in straight sets by world number 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime; Murray smashes the racket in the loss and leaves the tournament he won in 2009; Auger-Aliassime takes on another Brit, Cameron Norrie, in the quarter-finals
Last update: 02/10/22 8:45 p.m.
Andy Murray suffered a loss in the round of 16 at the Rotterdam Open on Thursday, losing 6-3 6-4 to Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who will now face Britain’s Cameron Norrie.
Murray beat the dangerous Alexander Bublik in his opener but has struggled to string together a winning streak since undergoing hip surgery three years ago and found the 21-year-old world No.9 too powerful.
The three-time Grand Slam winner has failed to force a single break point in their only previous encounter, a straight-set loss at the 2020 US Open.
He righted that wrong by breaking the fifth game of the first set, but Auger-Aliassime had already won the previous four games.
The Scotsman, who won this tournament in 2009, clawed back a break early in the second but broke his racket in frustration as he immediately lost serve to trail 3-2.
There was a bizarre moment on match point when Murray’s cap flew off, forcing him to stop play as Auger-Aliassime hit a winner.
He was granted permission, but Auger-Aliassime duly converted a second match point for a 6-3 6-4 victory and a meeting with Britain’s Norrie in Friday’s quarter-final.