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Murray knocked out and short of matches ahead of Australian Open

Posted on 02/01/2014 in Blog, Tennis

Andy Murray's comeback came to an abrupt halt as he crashed out of the Qatar Open with a second round defeat to Germany's Florian Mayer.

The British number one had previously said that his back felt better than ever after a promising performance in the first round, but his game was still rusty, allowing Mayer to get a 3-6 6-4 6-2 win.

Before the encounter, Murray had said: "I don't feel like I've lost speed, or strength. But I will know better when I'm playing matches against the best players in the world." 

The early knockout means the Scot is not scheduled to play another tournament until the Australian Open, so Murray could be short of competitive matches before the season's first grand slam.

Murray will just need to hope he fares better in the opening rounds in Melbourne than Qatar.

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