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Murray knocked out of Shenzhen Open by Verdasco

Murray has been knocked out of the Shenzhen Open at the quarter-final stage after a straight-sets defeat to Fernando Verdasco. Credit: PA

Andy Murray has been knocked out of the Shenzhen Open at the quarter-final stage after a straight-sets defeat to Fernando Verdasco.

Murray, who recorded a promising win over top seed David Goffin in the last 16, was broken three times as he fell 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes.

Murray is set to move on to next week's China Open before curtailing his season to focus on fully recovering from his recent hip injury.

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Murray withdraws from Wimbledon as his rehabilitation continues

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Andy Murray has announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament.

The two-time champion had been due to play Benoit Paire in the first round on Tuesday and spoke positively about his prospects at a press conference on Saturday, but he has decided best-of-five-set tennis is too demanding at this stage of his comeback from hip surgery.

Murray said in a statement: "It's with regret I'm withdrawing from Wimbledon. I've made significant progress in practice and matches over the last 10 days but, after lengthy discussions with my team and with a heavy heart, we've decided that playing best-of-five-set matches might be a bit too soon in the recovery process.

"We did everything we could to try to be ready in time. I will start practising on the hard courts from tomorrow and continuing with my rehab and recovery and I'm looking forward to the US hard-court season.

"Thanks for all the messages of support and I'm excited to finally be back playing after so long out."

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