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Andy Murray loses to Felix Auger-Aliassime at US Open 6-2 6-3 6-4 in his worst singles defeat for six years

ANDY MURRAY’S US Open adventure is over following his worst Slam singles display for six years.

The Scot was unable to handle the excellence of Canadian hot-shot Felix Auger-Aliassime as he exited 6-2 6-3 6-4 in the second round.

Muzza earned worldwide plaudits for coming from two sets down to beat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in five on Tuesday night at Flushing Meadows.

Perhaps it’s understandable that his energy levels would be low following that first-round epic fightback.

But the 20-year-old FAA, 13 years the junior, dominated on serve, never faced a break point and his power, athleticism and attitude proved key.

In a complete performance, the No15 seed hit 52 winners compared to Murray’s nine and excelled in almost every department.

This is the first time Murray had lost in straight sets since the 2016 Australian Open final defeat to Novak Djokovic and the fewest amount of games he has won at major level since the 2014 Wimbledon exit.

Murray, 33, said: “He kind of played how I expected. He’s a big guy. He takes the ball on. It’s obviously fairly quick conditions here.

“That’s obviously the longest match I have played for quite a while.

“The more tournaments that you play, the more matches that you play, you build up that sort of robustness in your body, which right now I don’t really have.




“This wasn’t the level I would have hoped for. That’s something I’ll need to build up over the next few months and hopefully beginning of next year.

“Obviously I don't want to lose in straight sets anywhere, and obviously certainly not in Grand Slams.”

Auger-Aliassime said: “This is an amazing feeling. I wish the fans were here.

“Life is funny. I watched Murray play (Feliciano) Lopez in 2011 and nine years later I am here getting the win.

“I didn’t have the greatest tickets but appreciated this temple of tennis that day.

“Today everything came in, my rhythm, my toss, it all went well. Even with nerves, I was able to serve well.

“At the back of your mind you know you are facing Andy Murray and I thought to myself I had to get this break or lead. I know he might play well.

“You don’t know what trick he has in his pockets. It’s not easy to close it out. You are facing a great champion and it’s not an everyday second round.”


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