Murray loses in Abu Dhabi tourney
Andy Murray’s 2013 season is off to a shaky start with a 6-3, 6-4 loss on Thursday to Janko Tipsarevic in the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Two early breaks in each set helped Tipsarevic dispatch the third-ranked Murray. The Serb next faces Nicolas Almagro, a late replacement for Rafael Nadal who pulled out of the tournament with a stomach bug. In Thursday’s other match, fifth-ranked David Ferrer defeated sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych 6-2, 64 to set up a semifinal against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who won the tournament last year.