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Sunday, 02 March 2014 01:58

Murray out of Mexican Open

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British tennis fans will be disappointed as Andy Murray crashed out of the Mexican Open, losing to the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3).

The British number one will not be happy after taking the opening set 6-4, and would have expected to go on to the finals in his current form. However, the win was thoroughly deserved by the fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov who would have had to be mentally tough to come back from a set down to win two consecutive tie breaks to win the match.

Andy Murray seemed to getting back on track in the new year, as he made it to his first semi-final since his epic win at Wimbledon in 2013. The Mexican Open saw the British player lose his opening service game in each of previous three matches, and so his fans would have expected an easy win as he broke Dimitrov early in the first set and went on to take the opening set. However, the Bulgarian was up to the challenge and got stronger in the second set, and it was reflected in a hugely entertaining rally in the tie break.

The third set was another exciting set with both players losing their service game, and went to the end with yet another tie break. This time round, Dimitrov completely dominated the session and won convincingly with a score of 7-3. It took fourth seed two hours and fifty five minutes to achieve the victory, and he now goes through to the finals to face the South African Kevin Anderson.

Andy Murray now needs to pick up the pieces and look forward to yet another tournament where he can come back to his winning ways. This year has yet to see the British number one at his best, and although his camp admits there will be time allocated to getting over his persistent back injuries, there is no doubt that as the year goes on the pressure will build from him and the fans to get a result.