By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray crashed out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships today, losing to Borna Coric 1-6, 3-6.

The Scot put in one of the worst performances of his career, inexplicably hitting more than 50 unforced errors and winning only 5 points on return. Coric, to his credit, played a solid match, but was never under much pressure. The Croat simply had to rally consistently and wait for the inevitable Murray error.

Since beating Berdych at the Australian Open, Murray has won four matches and lost three. Worryingly, all three of those defeats have been one sided maulings, and two have been to players significantly lower in the rankings.

Murray will next play for Team GB in the Davis Cup.
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray raced into the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a dominant 6-0, 6-2 win over Joao Sousa.

Murray faced no problems against the 25-year-old Portuguese player, coming through in under an hour. He was much more solid from the baseline than his opponent, who struggled to control his groundstrokes throughout the encounter. The third seed picked apart Sousa's serve, constantly threatening on return.

The world number 3 took control from the offset with an immediate break. Wayward backhand errors from a clearly frustrated Sousa put him in further difficulty in the third game, handing Murray another break. The Brit soon extended his lead to 4-0 with strong serving.

With the momentum spiralling aga...
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray progressed into round two of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a 6-4, 7-5 win over world number 35 Gilles Muller.

Murray came through in one hour and 45 minutes against the left-hander from Luxembourg, who has enjoyed a boost in form since linking up with British coach Jamie Delgado.

31-year-old Muller did well to withstand the pressure from Murray in a marathon third game that lasted almost twenty minutes, saving four break points. But the world number 3 swiftly made the breakthrough two games later to take a 3-2 lead.

After missing a chance to extend his lead to 5-2, Murray was tested more on serve in the eighth and tenth games. He held on though, saving three break points and sealing the set on his fifth...
By Luke Sefton
In an incredibly error-strewn display, Andy Murray fell to a surprisingly one-sided 6-4, 6-2 defeat to eighth seed Gilles Simon, ending a run of 12 straight wins against the Frenchman.

The Brit got off to a horror start and never really recovered, clocking up an astonishing 27 unforced errors. He struggled to find a way to break down the resilient Simon, who never looked in any real danger of losing.

A break to love in the opening game should have been a signal of things to come, as Murray handed it over with three unforced errors in the first four points. He managed to eek out two immediate break-back points in the next game, but a couple of tame errors – both finding the middle of the net – saw the opportunity fade away.

By Luke Sefton
Andy Murray moved into the quarter finals of the AMB Amro Tournament with a 6-3, 7-5 win against Vasek Pospisil in a scrappy affair, having recovered a 3-5 deficit in the second set.

The Brit struggled at times to find his best tennis, hitting a total of 17 unforced errors with just 14 winners. But with the match on the brink of a third set, he managed to summon all of the big guns to come out on top in an incredible 30 shot rally, before storming back against an exhausted Pospisil to win through in straights.

The Canadian man clearly had one plan in mind - attack. It was he who was looking to dictate the early play, as an irate Murray seemed to be struggling to find his rhythm. But after fighting through his own service games, Murray...
By Luke Sefton
Playing in his first match since the Australian Open final, Andy Murray dispatched of Nicolas Mahut with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 victory at the AMD Amro Open today.

It was a dominant display from the Brit, who was moving Mahut around the court like a puppeteer with a string; regularly pulling the Frenchman off the court before finishing off the points with some pinpoint groundstrokes. The top seed hit an impressive 36 winners to just 16 unforced errors.

As perhaps to be expected, the match ran with serve for the first five games as both players looked to get grips with one another’s serve. And also not unexpectedly, it was Murray who was the first to make a move – opening up break points with a lovely flick to pass Mahut, before the Frenchman ...
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