Andy Murray’s hope of winning a third Brisbane International crown was halted by fourth-seeded Russian, Daniil Medvedev at the ongoing Brisbane ATP Tour on Wednesday in Australia.
Murray lost in the second round 7-5, 6-2 as the Russian struck 16 aces and lost just seven of his first point.
The former 2012 and 2013 champion, who is still recuperating from his long-term hip injury in a post-match interview on ATP website admitted he failed to deal with the Russian services which cost him the game.
He said, “I think he served extremely well [and I] didn’t really get many chances on his service games,” said Murray. “And then on my own service games, I made a few too many errors in the rallies, especially early on I was trying to play a little bit more offensive.
“In the second set, I made a few too many mistakes, and obviously there was a period in the match from 5-5 where I lost six games in a row.
” 9I think when you obviously play better players… they will expose any errors that you make in your game or any shots that you’re not hitting particularly well. And he did that tonight.”
Murray, who is currently No. 240 in the ATP Rankings but competing at the ATP 250 tournament under a protected ranking, beat Australia’s James Duckworth in the Brisbane first round. Medvedev, who went 43-24 with three ATP Tour titles in 2018, will next challenge fifth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic in Friday’s quarter-finals. Raonic hit 21 aces in a 6-3, 7-6(2) victory over Serbian qualifier Miomir Kecmanovic earlier on Wednesday.
In the final match of day three, seventh seed and 2018 semi-finalist Alex De Minaur defeated fellow Australian Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-2 for a shot at France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or lucky loser Taro Daniel of Japan.