For the two-time Miami champion Andy Murray, the end came at the start of the 2023 edition of the Tennis Masters1000 tournament.
The 35-year-old lost 4:6,5:7 in the opening round against the Serb Dusan Lajovic on Wednesday. It was a bitter disappointment for the three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, after he had reached the final at the 250 event in Doha at the end of February.
“I served quite well, but the rest of my game was a bit problematic. I didn’t return so well, I didn’t expect a lot of mistakes, that I play like that,” said number 52 in the world.
Isner also fails – Monfils injured out
Lajovic celebrated his first win of the season on hard court and is now dealing with the American Maxime Cressy. With his compatriot John Isner, another former Miami winner failed at the beginning. The 2018 champion lost in the US duel with Emilio Nava 6: 7 (5), 6: 7 (4).
Gael Monfils had to give up due to injury when the score was 3:3 in the first set against his French colleague Ugo Humbert. The 36-year-old is suffering from a bruise on his right wrist. Austria’s flagship Dominic Thiem starts the tournament against Italian Lorenzo Sonego thanks to a wildcard on Friday night (live on Sky).
Grabher benefits from Swiatek injury
In the women’s competition, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu, who has recovered from a shoulder injury, won 6:3.3:6.6:2 in a clash between two former US Open winners against British Emma Raducanu, who has been struggling with injury problems again and again in recent years.
The 26-year-old Julia Grabher from Vorarlberg met the American Claire Liu in the second round on Thursday evening (today). Grabher slipped into the competition as a lucky loser and then also benefited from an opening bye thanks to a rib injury to world number one Iga Swiatek.