Andy Murray fail to beat Alex De Minaur at the China Open

This Thursday (28), Andy Murray was beaten by Alex De Minaur in the first round of the China Open in Beijing.

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He was beaten in three sets, in a 2 hour and 53 minutes back-and-fourth encounter. De Minaur wrapped up the first set in 35 minutes. The second set was more closely contested but Murray led 5-2 in the third set and had two matching points, until De Minaur broke back as Murray served for the match. In the tie-break De Minaur prevailed. 

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This is Murray’s fifth successive loss to De Minaur. He once was considered number 1, but now is number 40 in the world rankings, while the Australian is number 12. De Minaur became the fourth player to beat Murray in five consecutive matches. The other players to beat him were Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. 

It’s also the third this year the Scotch has been knocked out of a tournament in the opening round by the Australian. It already happened at the Monte Carlo Masters and at Wimbledon at the Queen’s in July. 

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