Andy Murray will have to wait for his 700th career win after a straight-set loss to Italian Jannik Sinner at the Dubai Tennis Championships; World number 1 Novak Djokovic takes on Karen Khachanov for a quarter-final spot later
Last update: 02/23/22 12:26
Britain’s Andy Murray suffered a complete straight-set loss to fourth seed Jannik Sinner at the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.
Murray was unable to create a single break point chance throughout his second round match against one of the rising stars in the men’s game and lost 7-5 6-2.
The Scot put up a good fight in the opening set which went well serving for both ends until Sinner struck in, smashing 2017 Dubai winner Murray for 6-5.
Murray came 30-30 in the 12th game, but a powerful first serve from Sinner and a superb forehand later and the set was gone.
Sinner, already ranked 10th in the world at 20, broke again with ease at the start of the second and Murray had to save two break points just to get on the board.
However, with Sinner advancing aggressively and putting Murray away at every opportunity, the 34-year-old won just one more game after an hour and 43 minutes.
What’s next for Murray?
The three-time Grand Slam champion will make finding a permanent coach his top priority ahead of the ‘Sunshine Double’ in Indian Wells and Miami, where the world No. 89 is hoping to gain direct entry via a wild card.
After parting ways with longtime coach Jamie Delgado ahead of the 2022 season, Murray has also tested Germany’s Jan De Witt, while working with Colin Fleming and Stan Wawrinka’s coach Dani Vallverdu in recent weeks.
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