Top-Seed Andy Murray’s Remarkable Comeback Halted at ATP Biella Challenger Finals

Published 02/14/2021, 12:13 PM EST
Andy Murray of Great Britain speaks during a press conference ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 11, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)


As he tested positive for COVID-19, Andy Murray wasn’t allowed to compete at the Australian Open. However, after finishing his quarantine, the British star decided to play a Challenger event in Biella, Italy.

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Andy reached the finals of the tournament very easily and there, he played against Ukrainian Illya Marchenko. Unfortunately, he lost the match 6-2, 6-4. Here’s how it happened.

Sep 3, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain hits the ball against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada. It was on day four of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Murray vs Illya Marchenko

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Andy was serving to begin the first set and it wasn’t the best start for him as he was immediately broken. In order to have a chance at coming back in the set, the British star had to hold his service games. However, he wasn’t able to do that as he was broken once again at 3-1. Marchenko made use of this advantage and sealed the set 6-2.

Moving onto the second set, the pressure was all on Murray and he didn’t handle it well. Again, in the very first game, he was broken by Marchenko who was playing some very good tennis.

At this point, It was looking very difficult for Murray to win the match as Illya refused to give him an opportunity to break back. He went on to seal the title 6-2, 6-4 in what was one of his biggest victories.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Britain’s Andy Murray during his first-round match. It was against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka REUTERS/Charles Platiau

It was certainly a disappointing loss for Murray who has been struggling to play his best tennis since he returned to the Tour after a hip injury. He has experienced a series of poor results and many are now wondering whether he will return to the top.

It is certainly going to be tough for the British star especially since he is going to be 34 this year. However, it is not impossible for him to do so. Hopefully, we will see him play a lot better when he begins another Challenger event the day after tomorrow.

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