With the Dubai Championships in full swing in the UAE, former champion Andy Murray will have to hold out a little longer for his 700th career win. Murray recently suffered a straight-sets defeat at the hands of Italy’s Jannik Sinner, while world No. 1 Novak Djokovic reached the quarter finals ahead of Karen Khachanov.
Murray tried but failed to create even a single break point opportunity in his second-round match against Sinner. He eventually fell to a scorching 7-5, 6-2 defeat.
Sinner during his on-court interview with the press spoke of what a special feeling it had been to share his playing space with the Scott. He called Murray a legend of the sport, and said despite his struggles with injuries and surgeries, the Scott’s fighting spirit was simply inspiring.
Murray gave it his all during the first set. But that was before Sinner came down hard by cutting the 2017 Dubai champion down to size for 6-5. Murray would later manage to make his way to 30-30 in the 12th game, but he ultimately proved no match for the upcoming young Sinner and his stunning forehands.
But for the 20-year-old Sinner, who already ranks 10th on the world rankings list, the experience had been something of a nerve-wrecking one. He said since the last match played against Murray had been a losing one for him, he had to focus hard on staying mentally strong and in control of the game.
Murray, in turn, blamed his own lack of mental tenacity for falling short of his big 700th win milestone.
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