Murray beaten after a long fight against Rublev

04 March 2021
Murray beaten after a long fight against Rublev

Tournament director Richard Krajicek gave Andy Murray a wildcard for this edition of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. The tournament winner of 2009 showed in Rotterdam that he is completely on his way back. Murray (33) went down fighting against fourth-placed Russian Andrey Rublev: 5-7, 2-6.

There was almost no difference in strength in the opening set, but a sloppy game with double faults cost Murray the set at 5-5. "That set lasted more than an hour," emphasizes 23-year-old Andrey Rublev, who plays against Jeremy Chardy in the quarterfinals on Friday. "I had a little more luck and then you get that set. Andy Murray is doing a good job and only respects him. What he does not do to return to the old level. The set win gave me the confidence to push through.

Karen Khachanov completed the Russian party on Wednesday evening. The Moscow-born player, like Andrey Rublev, defeated British qualifier Cameron Norrie 6-2 within 74 minutes.

In addition to Khachanov, Rublev and Kei Nishikori have also qualified for the quarter-finals.

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