Andy Murray: Former British primary loses to Hubert Hurkacz at Cincinnati Masters

Andy Murray at the Cincinnati Masters
Andy Murray was added to this month’s US Open essential draw after Stan Wawrinka’s withdrawal

Andy Murray is out of the Cincinnati Masters after a straight-set second-round loss to ninth seed Hubert Hurkacz.

Two-time champion Murray misplaced a tie-break within the first set earlier than being damaged late within the second by his Polish opponent.

Hurkacz served out for a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory to guide a spot within the final 16.

“This week was pretty optimistic. I performed a lot better than at Wimbledon and the grass season,” mentioned Murray, 34.

The 24-year-old Hurkacz will now face Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in a bid to make it to the quarter-final, as he appears to be like to win a fourth profession title.

Murray had eased previous Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight units within the first spherical, whereas Hurkacz clinched a three-set victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

It was the primary assembly on the ATP Tour between the 2 gamers.

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion and winner of this occasion in 2008 and 2011, was enjoying his first match since pulling out of the Olympic singles in Tokyo with a minor thigh pressure.

The Scot has been added to the US Open essential draw – the place he received his first Grand Slam title in 2012 – which begins on 30 August.

Murray, who has additionally struggled in 2021 with a groin harm, added: “This week my physique felt good, even when hardcourts should not straightforward on the physique. Bodily I used to be drained after a number of the lengthy rallies, however I felt positive.”

Medvedev and Rublev have fun victories

Prime seed Daniil Medvedev made gentle work of opponent Mackenzie McDonald as he booked his place within the third spherical in Cincinnati.

The Russian, 25, cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory in opposition to the 26-year-old American and can face Bulgarian former world quantity three Grigor Dimitrov, 30, subsequent.

World quantity two Medvedev, who was runner-up on the US Open in 2019 and semi-finalist in 2020, secured his twelfth ATP title on the Canadian Open final weekend.

It was a special story for Russian fourth seed Andrey Rublev, who wanted three units to beat 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic.

Rublev, 23, misplaced the opening set 7-5 to the 32-year-old Croat however regained his composure to safe the next two units 6-3 6-1.

He’ll face both Australian Alex de Minaur, 22, or 34-year-old Frenchman Gael Monfils within the final 16.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev, the third seed, beat Lloyd Harris of South Africa 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 and can face Argentine Guido Pella subsequent.

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