Briton wins in straight units at Qatar Open | EUROtoday

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To say it has been a tough begin to 2024 for Andy Murray could be an understatement. Stretching again to the beginning of October final 12 months, Murray has now misplaced his final six singles matches along with his final defeat – to Czech Tomas Machac in Marseille – feeling like one thing of an expert nadir.

Of course there have been injury-ravaged seasons throughout which it appeared his physique could fail him however in wholesome seasons – which this seemingly is – the Scot has by no means earlier than appeared so uncompetitive on tour.

At 36, discuss has already turned to an impending retirement and Murray himself has opened the door to the thought of even dropping right down to the Challenger Tour in an try and rediscover his kind.

After his Machac loss, Murray stated: “I can compete with the guys, but I haven’t won the matches, and when you lose them, you lose confidence,” Murray defined. “I never had that in my whole career. When I lost one week early, usually the next week it was semi-finals, finals, and winning. Now I’ve lost a lot, and close matches as well. It’s something I’ve not really experienced before.”

The Challenger Tour has not come knocking as but and it’s the ATP 250 Qatar Open at which Murray has opted to attempt to carry the malaise at the moment hanging low over his sport – and probably profession.

He received to the ultimate right here final 12 months and below regular circumstances would anticipate to beat France’s Alexandre Muller pretty comfortably however on this present vein of kind it’s just about inconceivable to prophesize which Murray we’ll get in Doha this afternoon.