Andy Murray loses in second round at Rennes Challenger | Tennis News


RENNES: Former world number one Andy Murray was knocked out in the knockout stages of the second-division Challenger in Rennes on Wednesday as the three-time Major winner continued his search for momentum at the end of the season.
Murray, now ranked 116th in the world, lost to 158th-ranked Russian Roman Safiullin 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
Murray, 34, on the brink of retirement in 2019 with a hip injury, managed to save three match points before succumbing.
Murray had defeated German Yannick Maden 6-3, 6-1 in the first round on Monday in front of some 2,000 fans.
Just two weeks earlier, he had been playing at the 24,000 capacity Arthur Ashe Court in New York, losing a fierce five-set game to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open.
“One of the goals from here to the end of the year is to try to make a big improvement in my classification, and to do that, I need to compete often,” Murray said earlier this week.
“I still feel that I can play at a very high level, but if all the time when I go to the big tournaments I face the best players from the beginning of the event, it is not that easy.”

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