Tiafoe eliminates Murray at Winston-Salem Open
Andy Murray took on a late wild card in the ATP Winston-Salem tournament at Wake Forest University in North Carolina to help him with his preparations for the US Open, which begins Monday in New York, and he believes those -Here remain on track, despite a second loss to American Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday.
It’s frustrating because if I wasn’t moving well and feeling bad physically, I would be a little easier on myself. But when I get a low percentage of points on second serve, it has nothing to do with the physical side of things. Andy Murray
Murray lost 6-7 (7) 3-6 to Tiafoe after going through his opening straight set against the lucky loser Noah Rubin, who attended University and replaced Australian Nick at the last minute. Kyrgios.
Rubin lost a 2-hour qualifying game in just an hour before finding himself on the pitch again against Murray, the former world No.1.
Ranked 51 in the FedEx ATP rankings, Tiafoe saved 3 set points on serve against Murray at 4-5 in the first set, before slipping away with the game in one hour and 50 minutes played in hot and humid conditions.
Tiafoe dropped out of the Top 50 in February 2019 after dropping his points in the 2019 Australian Open quarter-finals, and he has since struggled to catch up, but a deep run at Winston-Salem should see him regain a place in the elite group before the US Open.
The American will now face the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, who beat the lucky American loser Eduardo Nava. 7-5 6-1.
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Murray, 34, suffers from injuries, including a groin problem that has limited his time on the pitch this season.
“The positive thing is that I moved well and served well, but my level is up and down, with no real consistency,” said Murray. “There are times in matches where I play well and then I make mistakes or miss feedback.
“I wish I didn’t do that. My level is around 50 or 60 in the world.
“It’s frustrating because if I wasn’t moving well and feeling bad physically, I would be a little easier on myself.
“But when I get a low percentage of points on the second serve, it has nothing to do with the physical side of things.”
Murray served 10 aces and went from 0 to 40 to 3 in the first set before holding 3 set points on Tiafoe’s serve in Game 10.
He was frustrated with a flood of unusual mistakes, and the 47% of points earned on second serve and 35% of points earned on second serve proved costly against Tiafoe, who effectively dismantled the Scotsman with a solid serve game. full.
Tiafoe had 3 aces, winning 76% of his first serve points and 65% on his second delivery in the 1 hour 49 minute contest.
The two had met only once before when Murray won a three-set thriller at Cincinnati 2020.
Murray, who dropped 9 places to world No.114 in the latest ranking, is now heading to the US Open, where he won the first of his 3 Grand Slam titles in 2012.
Tiafoe, 23, had a productive few weeks on the hard-court American swing, reaching the 3rd round of the Toronto Masters and a victory over Frenchman Ugo Humbert in Cincinnati last week.
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Meanwhile, 4th seed Hungarian Marton Fucsovics beat Yosuke Watanuki of Japan, 7-5 6-1 and Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori beat 5th seed Alexander Bublik of Kazakstan, 6-2 7-6 (5 ).
Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz withstood 10 aces from Australian Alexei Popyrin, a great serve, to claim a 6-7 (9) 6-1 7-6 (1) victory in a game that ended a few minutes from midnight.
The 15th seed won 87% of the points in his second serve and will then face Hungarian Marton Fucsovics for the first time.
Elsewhere, British No.1 Dan Evans reached the 3rd round with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory over French qualifier Lucas Pouille, ending a streak of 4 consecutive losses since his exit in the 3rd round in Wimbledon.
Seeded 3, Evans also took a wild card to compete at Winston-Salem and received a first-round bypass.
Evans, who missed the Tokyo Olympics after a positive Covid-19 test, faces another Frenchman Richard Gasquet, 14th seed in the round of 16, who edged Egor Gerasimov of Belarus, 7-6 (4) 7- 6 (6).
Seeded Pablo Carreno Busta opened his account with a 6-3 3-6 6-4 victory over Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon.