The Brit, Andy Murray made a scintillating comeback yesterday against the German lad, David Goffin. Unfortunately, the Briton couldn’t continue to excel on the Chinese tennis court. After achieving his biggest victories of 2018 against World Number 11 and he failed to keep up his comeback glory. Consequently, Murray surrendered to the fifth seed Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open in straight sets.
Murray lost to the Spaniard, 6-4 6-4 Verdasco, who will now play the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in the last four. The Japanese defeated Murray’s fellow countryman Cameron Norrie. Verdasco overpowered Murray in the round of 64 of the US Open, which was a few weeks ago. The Spaniard didn’t face a single break point in the second set and he wrapped up his victory in one hour and 40 minutes.
The champion saved five of six break points and broke Murray’s serve three times. “He was hitting it from the back of the court and didn’t make too many mistakes so he definitely deserved the second set,” Murray said after his defeat. “There weren’t many opportunities there, but the first set I had some chances.”
Soon after his loss, the 2014 Shenzhen Champion decides to call of his 2018 tennis season due to a slight ankle injury. For now, he has decided to focus on rehabilitation.”He’s doing well. He’s working with a rehab specialist in Philadelphia,” said Murray’s mother, Judy. “He wants to absolutely focus the rest of the year on getting his body as ready as he can for the start of (2019). It’s been a long haul and that’s tough for anybody, but he’s incredibly disciplined, he’s incredibly resilient.”
Meanwhile on the other ATP courts, The Australian, Alex De Minaur will play Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the other semifinal on Saturday. Minaur defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 7-6(7) and Frenchman Herbert surpassed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-4.