Mur­ray loses in Abu Dhabi tour­ney

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

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.

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