The wait goes on! Andy Murray’s bid to reach 700 wins on the ATP Tour comes to an abrupt halt in Dubai against world No 10 Jannik Sinner with the 20-year-old Italian breezing through to the quarter-finals in straight sets
- Andy Murray has been beaten 7-5, 6-2, by 20-year-old Jannik Sinner in Dubai
- The Italian produced a dominant straight sets wins to reach the quarter-finals
- Murray went into the match chasing his 700th career victory on the ATP Tour
Andy Murray will have to wait to clinch his 700th win on the ATP Tour after he was blown away by the ever-impressive Jannik Sinner at the Dubai Tennis Championships.
Sinner, 20, is the fourth seed at this event and showed all his prowess with some aggressive hitting to win 7-5, 6-2, sealing his spot in the quarter-finals.
Murray, whose record stands at 699-220, is fourth on the all-time list behind Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the list of all-time wins.
Andy Murray cut a frustrated figure as he was beaten in straight sets at Dubai Championships
Italian rising star Jannik Sinner dominated to book his spot in the quarter-finals of the event
With his mum Judy Murray in the stands watching on, Murray started purposefully and navigated a tricky game at 2-2 to hold and stay on serve.
But the former British and world No 1 saw his stoic resistance broken by Sinner at the decisive moment in the match with the Italian edging ahead at 6-5, allowing him to serve for the opening set, which he did with aplomb with a backhand line drive.
It was an incredible display of poise and aggression from Sinner, the world No 10, who has matched his performance in Dubai a year ago where he reached the last-eight before losing to eventual champion Aslan Karatsev.
Murray’s hopes of scratching the record at the start of the second set were immediately dashed when the Italian broke in the opening service game.
Murray was broken at 6-5 in the opening set, allowing Sinner to serve it out to seal it 7-5
The Brit was finding few inroads on Sinner’s serve and in the blazing Dubai heat it was 4-1 and a double break against Murray in the blink of an eye.
After one hour and 43 minutes the job was done and Murray, who was unable to generate a single break point, was able to escape the onslaught and head back to the locker room as he now looks to his next event to clinch win No 700.
Speaking after the win, Sinner said: ‘There are some nerves, it’s normal. I lost the last match (against Murray) and I tried to focus on my game. It worked.
‘I think I played well, especially in the first set with some difficult moments so I am very happy.’
Asked about Murray, he added: ‘It’s a special feeling always. He is a legend winning three Grand Slams and many, many tournaments. His fighting spirit is incredible and I wish him the best of luck.’
Sinner now faces Hubert Hurkacz, his partner in the men’s doubles, for a place in the men’s singles semi-finals.
The former world No 1’s wait to claim his 700th win on the ATP Tour will now rumble on