Andy Murray crashes out of Open de Rennes in the second round after losing in three units to Russian Roman Safiullin – who’s ranked 42 locations beneath the Brit
- Andy Murray was knocked out of the Open de Rennes in the second round
- Russian Roman Safiullin beat Murray comfortably 6-2 4-6 6-1 in France
- Murray is ranked 42 locations above Safiullin however couldn’t get previous him
Having eased previous Yannick Maden in the first round of the ATP Challenger Tour occasion, Murray had no reply to Safiullin – who eased to a 6-2 4-6 6-1 victory.
Murray had praised the US Open triumph of Emma Raducanu earlier in the week however the three-time grand slam winner is a way off including to his personal tally at the second.
Andy Murray has been knocked out of the Open de Rennes by Russian Roman Safiullin
Safiullin – ranked 158 in the world, 42 locations beneath Murray – had his quantity on the exhausting courts of Rennes, the place Murray had entered as the fifth-seed wildcard.
Murray was moved round the courtroom in the early exchanges as Safiullin impressed, breaking twice to take a commanding lead in the first set.
He was unable to serve out for the set as Murray started what he hoped can be an impressed comeback solely to be damaged for the third time.
The second set began on a extra even keel, with Safiullin enjoying a positive web recreation to maintain going with the serve.
Safiullin, pictured at the Australian Open, is ranked 158 in the world, 42 locations beneath Murray
At 4-4, Murray broke for the first time and a positive rally to go 30-15 forward in the tenth recreation confirmed indicators of the fitter Scotsman shining by means of as he held to take the match right into a deciding set.
An opportunity to break in the first recreation of the closing set handed Murray by and as a substitute he can be damaged himself to fall behind.
Safiullin would break once more, this time to love, as Murray’s double-fault noticed the match start to slide from his grasp.
A thirteenth ace from Safiullin took him a recreation away from progressing however Murray saved 5 break factors to keep in the match.
But it was solely a brief keep of execution as Safiullin wrapped up a deserved victory in the subsequent recreation.