Andy Murray out of Brisbane International

Virginia Santiago
January 4, 2019

Andy Murray says he has no idea how long he will be able to continue playing at the highest level after making a winning return against James Duckworth in the Brisbane International.

Murray, 31, has admitted that he is still suffering considerable pain in his right hip, 12 months after surgery. The World No.16 won three titles in 2018 and, in his first match of the 2019 campaign, he hit 16 aces and pulverised Murray at times with his power.

The Russian was on fire now and he landed another forehand victor to break Andy at love at the start of the second set, losing just six points on serve and forging a huge 3-0 advantage when Murray netted a backhand in the third game.

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.

The Russian was relentless and opened up a 4-0 lead in the second set, with a rusty Murray racking up the unforced errors.

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The second set was more one-sided as Murray, a two-time victor of the hard-court tournament which serves as a warm-up for the Australian Open, allowed Medvedev to power 4-0 ahead.

Earlier, Japanese star Kei Nishikori eased past American Denis Kudla 7-5, 6-2.

"I felt like I moved quite well towards the end, which allowed me to get the break in the second set".

Medvedev next faces fifth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals.

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"So I need to try and find a way of working out how to get around some of the things I struggle with a little bit now, and I'll try to do that".

"When I see a video of myself doing that, that's been one of the things that's got me down quite a lot the past year or so because I feel like as an athlete I should be able to do that properly".

Nadal had pulled out of the Brisbane International owing to a thigh strain.

Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, finished last season in the top 10 for the first time and is more concerned about the Australian Open later this month than recording a loss in her season-opener in Brisbane.

Edmund, the world number 14 and third seed, lost 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to the qualifier.

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