Murray follows up long awaited win with defeat
Andy Murray's bid to win a first singles title since major hip surgery ended prematurely with defeat by Alex de Minaur yesterday at the Zhuhai Championships.
The young Australian defeated the former World No.1 4-6 6-2 6-4 and will play fourth seed Borna Coric from Croatia today in the last eight.
32-year-old Murray won his first ATP Tour singles match since career-saving surgery in January with a three-set victory over American Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday.
Having enjoyed a day's rest, he started with intent against De Minaur but failed to get his serve firing consistently and clocked up two double faults as he surrendered his second service game.
But the Briton, No.1 in the world in 2016 but now a lowly 413th, broke back twice and sealed the first set when the Australian seventh seed fired long.
20-year-old De Minaur burst back in the second set, however, and Murray looked to be fading physically with the match going into a deciding set.
Murray will play the China Open in Beijing next week as he ramps up his return, but admitted this week that he does not expect to recapture the form that brought three Grand Slams.