Murray’s Comeback Run Ends in Beijing Quarter-Finals Against Thiem

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A three-time Grand Slam champion and a former World No. 1, Andy Murray, will not play in the semi-finals of ATP Beijing on Saturday, as he lost to Dominic Thiem in straight sets 6–2, 7–6.

This was Murray’s most successful tournament since he came back from a hip surgery, which sidelined him off the tennis courts for almost a full year. Andy, who struggled to come back to his old form, has finally managed to win a few consecutive matches in Beijing against Mateo Berrettini and Cameron Norrie. However, going past the 5th best player on the ATP rankings, Dominic Thiem, was just too great of a task at this moment.

Murray showed flashes of his old self in the opening few games, winning a couple of long rallies and receiving big cheers from the Beijing crowd. However, Thiem managed to break Murray twice in the opening frame and win the first set quite comfortably.

The second set was a more evenly-fought battle. Although the Austrian broke his opponent early again, Andy was able to come back and win a game in which Thiem served for the match. We went into a tiebreak where Thiem hit a couple of power shots past Murray to seal the match and book his place in the semis.

The first seed of ATP Beijing, Dominic Thiem, is now preparing for the semi-final duel against the fourth seed, Karen Kachanov from Russia, who dropped out of the second round last year.

As for Murray, he is hoping to play in the Shanghai Masters next week, a tournament which he won three times in his career.