Tennis – Shenzen Open ’18: Andy Murray Knocked Out By Fernando Verdasco

Andy Murray

Andy Murray’s advancement in the Shenzhen Open finished with a straight-set annihilation by 5th seed Fernando Verdasco.

The former world No.1, Murray beat world number 11 David Goffin on Thursday, to achieve the quarter-finals and thrashing his most elevated positioned adversary since coming back from a hip surgery.

Yet, the 31-year-old previous world number one lost 6-4 6-4 to Spanish fifth seed Verdasco in the quarterfinals of the ongoing Shenzen Open.

As a result of this defeat, and many others before it, Andy Murray, a 3-time Grand Slam champ, has slipped to 311th in the Men’s Singles tennis rankings.

The competition in China was his 6th since returning in June and he will contend yet again – at the China Open in Beijing in October – before concluding his season early.

It was Verdasco who beat Murray in the second round of the US Open and, after this triumph in 1 hour and 39 minutes, the 34-year-old will proceed to meet Japan’s Nishioka for a place in the final.

Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur, the Australian 19-year-old, will meet Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the other semi-final.

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