Andy Murray slipped to a straight-sets defeat towards Canadian younger gun Felix Auger-Aliassime on the Rotterdam Open.
Murray beat the damaging Alexander Bublik in his opening match, however he has discovered it tough to string a run of wins collectively since his hip operation three years in the past and located the 21-year-old world quantity 9 too highly effective.
The three-time Grand Slam winner didn’t handle to power a single break level of their solely earlier assembly, a straight-sets defeat on the 2020 US Open.
He righted that improper by breaking within the fifth sport of the primary set, however Auger-Aliassime had already received the earlier 4 video games.
The Scot, who received this event in 2009, clawed a break again early within the second however smashed his racket in frustration as he instantly dropped serve once more to path 3-2.
There was a weird second on match level when Murray’s cap flew off, inflicting him to cease enjoying as Auger-Aliassime hit a winner.
He was afforded a let, however Auger Aliassime duly went on to transform a second match level for a 6-3 6-4 win and a gathering with Nice Britain’s Cameron Norrie in Friday’s quarter-final.
“From the beginning of the match I used to be prepared and targeted and I feel that’s the reason I used to be capable of produce a excessive stage from the primary level,” Auger-Aliassime stated in his on-court interview.
“He made me convey out my greatest tennis and I’m actually pleased with the way in which I performed and that I used to be capable of keep forward. [To] win in straight units is a superb reduction.”
Murray has confirmed he might be again in motion later this month when he performs in Dubai, the place Novak Djokovic is because of make his return to motion.