Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Andy Murray’s comeback halted by Daniil Medvedev in Brisbane

Andy Murray’s comeback halted by Daniil Medvedev in Brisbane

Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation on Wednesday ended Briton Andy Murray's bid for a third Brisbane International title after defeating him 7-5, 6-2 at the tournament's second round.

Murray, who is now No. 240 in the ATP Rankings but competing at the ATP 250 tournament under a protected ranking, beat Australia's James Duckworth in the Brisbane first round. "But as the match went on I thought I moved well", Murray said after his 10th successive win at the Queensland Tennis Centre, having won the Brisbane tournament at both his previous appearances in 2012 and 2013. "And he did that tonight", he added.

Raphael Nadal of Spain announces that he is pulling out of the tournament due to injury at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

"(In the past) I felt that I needed matches and time to be ready to compete at a good level", he said, but that's "not the situation today".

Nadal, who had a first round bye, was scheduled to play his second round match against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday.

"There are still things that I want to achieve", said Murray, now ranked 240 in the world.

Jeremy Chardy rallied to beat holder Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-3 to leave Alex De Minaur as the sole Australian man remaining in the draw after the 19-year-old beat Jordan Thompson 6-4 6-2.

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Nadal said he had been able to practice confidently since ankle surgery at the start of November, and felt better now than he did at this time a year ago when he had less time to prepare and was coming off a longer injury-enforced break.

Grigor Dimitrov downed local favourite John Millman 6-3 6-4 to set up a quarter-final with Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Yet Murray conceded he did not know how long his return from hip surgery that sabotaged his 2018 season would last.

Using all his 2.11 meters (six feet 11 inches) height, Karlovic hit 13 aces as he disposed of 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5 at the Indian tournament.

"Recovery is going great and I will tell you later where I will be making my comeback", he said on Twitter.

Also in the first round, Briton Johanna Konta beat Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-3.

This latest issue is a dispiriting blow for the world No 2 but he will hope sitting out this week will enable him to be fully recovered for the year's first grand slam, which starts on 14 January.

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