World No 1 Andy Murray lost to Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the Barcelona Open semi-finals on Saturday.
Murray’s defeat came a week after he exited the third round at Monte Carlo.
That loss prompted him to enter Barcelona to whip up some form for the French Open following a right elbow injury.
Thiem started strong, breaking the British player’s first two service games before adding a third break en route to taking the first set.
World No 9 Thiem had a break point in the second set, but Murray held serve and broke him back to even the match at a set apiece.
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Murray was again in trouble at 4-2 down in the decisive set, and folded when he failed to successfully return Thiem’s deep lob on match point.
It was Thiem’s first win in three meetings against the Scotts man.
Culled from Mail Sport
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