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Andy Murray: Former World No. 1 Surbiton Trophy race ended by Denis Kudla |  Tennis News

Andy Murray sees his Surbiton Trophy hopes dashed by American Denis Kudla in the semi-final; the Scot, 35, will now head to Germany to play the Stuttgart Open next week before returning to London to play Queen’s ahead of another Wimbledon campaign

Last update: 04/06/22 21:14

Andy Murray suffered a three-set loss to Denis Kudla in the Surbiton Trophy semi-final on Saturday

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray saw his Surbiton Trophy run ended in the semi-finals after an impressive comeback from American seventh seed Denis Kudla.

Murray, competing in the grass-court Challenger Tour event for the first time since age 17, lost 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to world No. 81.

Murray hasn’t won on home soil since winning the ATP Finals six years ago, but it was still a good week of training on the grass.

“I mean it’s hard to read too much into the way I played, I competed pretty well for the first two sets, the third set not as well as I would have liked,” Murray said. .

“Brutal conditions for both of us today, there wasn’t a lot of amazing tennis. We were using different skills and trying to find ways to get the ball in difficult positions for the opponent and Denis made a best job. today.”

The Scotsman, who skipped the French Open in order to get in shape for the short-court season, got off to a good start against the big-served American and won the first set.

He had led 4-1 but was caught only to break at the crucial moment to win 7-5.

The second set remained on serve and was decided by a tie-break that went Kudla’s way.

The warning signs were there for Murray when he had to save five break points in the second game of the deciding set, but he couldn’t hold off Kudla for long and the American broke at 3-2 and continued. to watch the game with no sign of a response from Murray.

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