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Andy Murray defeated in straight sets by Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam |  Tennis News

Andy Murray suffered a second-round loss to Russian Andrey Rublev after registering his first round-level victory since August against Robin Haase in the first round on Monday.

Last updated: 03/03/21 20:48 pm

Briton Andy Murray puffs up his cheeks after missing a comeback against Russian Andrey Rublev. (AP Photo / Peter Dejong)

Andy Murray withdrew from the AMRO world tennis tournament in straight sets against Russian world number eight Andrey Rublev on Wednesday night.

The three-time British Grand Slam winner was only looking for his second victory over a top 10 player since returning from the hip surgery that saved his career two years ago.

There were certainly encouraging signs for Murray, who passed the physical test against the fourth seed.

But the big-point shooting that propelled him to the top of the sport has yet to fully return as he slipped to a 7-5 6-2 loss in Rotterdam.

Andy Murray defeated in straight sets by Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam |  Tennis News

Russian Andrey Rublev (AP Photo / Peter Dejong)

Murray’s first serve carried at least a lot more venom than in Monday’s three-set victory over Robin Haase in the first round. The Scotsman was also comfortable engaging Rublev in long and painful rallies from the start, waiting for the 23-year-old to make the first mistake.

But the familiar chunter resurfaced towards the end of the first set, with Murray at one point exclaiming “I’m not prepared for this at all”, although two aces on their way to a 5-4 strike suggest otherwise. .

However, a pair of double faults gave Rublev the break for 6-5 and a frustrated Murray smashed his racquet into the ground. He then failed to capitalize on two breaking points as the first set slipped away in just over an hour.

Renowned favorite Rublev paused 3-2 in the second and took the win with five games in a row.

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