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Andy Murray 'exploited' in Brisbane loss

Andy Murray's Australian Open preparation been dealt a blow with a straight-sets loss to Daniil Medvedev at the Brisbane International.

Andy Murray 'exploited' in Brisbane loss

Andy Murray's Australian Open preparation been dealt a blow with a straight-sets loss to Daniil Medvedev at the Brisbane International.

ANDY MURRAY of Great Britain celebrates his victory in his men's singles match of the US Open at the USTA BJ King National Tennis Center in New York City.
ANDY MURRAY of Great Britain celebrates his victory in his men's singles match of the US Open at the USTA BJ King National Tennis Center in New York City. Picture:Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Andy Murray admits fourth-seed Daniil Medvedev was able to exploit his lack of fitness during his second-round Brisbane International loss.

Former world No.1 Murray's Australian Open preparation was dealt a blow with the 7-5 6-2 loss on Wednesday as he continues to battle a long-term hip injury.


Murray, who won his first game since September in beating Australian James Duckworth in the first round, put up a competitive first set against Medvedev in which he responded to being broken in the third game by breaking back five games later.

But the resistance would not last much longer as the Russian took another break at 5-5.

The second set was more one-sided, with Medvedev not looking back from a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the match in an hour and 23 minutes.

"If you're not serving as well, or if you're not moving as well, the better players exploit that," Murray said.

"He is a top player and is able to do that.

"So I need to try and find a way of working out how to get around some of the things I struggle with a little bit now, and I'll try to do that."

The 31-year-old Briton, now ranked 240th in the world, conceded this week he does not know how much longer he will play competitive tennis after a bout of hip surgery.

He turns his attention to Melbourne but was unsure how his body will cope with the rigours of the Australian grand slam.

"I'm not expecting to feel great all of the time," he said.

"I think that playing a best-of-five-set match is obviously physically more demanding, but the benefit of the way the slams are set up is having that day of recovery.

"There's a little bit less time to recover in these events. Sometimes you get kind of over 48 hours to recover from matches in the slams."

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