Match Point Not Enough: Murray Loses Sixth Consecutive Match To De Minaur

Match Point Not Enough: Murray Loses Sixth Consecutive Match To De Minaur

by Evita Mueller

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Andy Murray's season likely concludes with yet another disappointing loss as he wasted a match point and a 5-2 lead in the final set against Alex de Minaur at the 2023 Paris Masters.

It was a very exciting match between de Minaur and Murray who has been playing below his level. He lost a lot of matches recently in a very brutal way and that's what happened today as well.

They played a close match in Shanghai, which de Minaur won in three sets, so a close match was expected here. We got it as it lasted almost three hours, though Murray could have and probably should have won it.

De Minaur took an early break in the opening set but allowed Murray to battle back and level the score. The Brit then wasted a couple of set points up 5-4. The set ultimately went to a tiebreak where de Minaur outplayed Murray, winning it 7-5.

The Brit responded very well in the second set, playing a set without many mistakes to take it 6-4. De Minaur was just a bit lacklustre overall, which isn't a huge surprise as he's been quite shaky recently.

The bad play continued in the final set as Murray jumped out to an early lead and then added another break for the 5-2 lead. Everybody simply assumed we were at the end of the match but the Brit then lost his serve to give de Minaur a chance.

It was 5-4 when Murray stepped up to try and serve out the match once more however, once more, he failed. This time around, he even wasted a match point. At 6-5, Murray was serving to stay in the match but couldn't, allowing the Australian to complete the majestic comeback.

The final score was 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5 for the Australian who was lucky to win 5 games in a row to close out the match. Murray has nobody but himself to blame because he collapsed pretty badly in that final set.


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