Andy Murray has suffered a shock defeat and has crashed out of the Dubai Championships in the quarter-finals.
The world number three Murray, was dominated by Borna Coric who is ranked 84th in the world. Coric is only 18-years-old and bested Murray, 27, throughout the match and ended up winning 6-1 6-3.
The young Croatian broke Murray three times in the first set to take the lead and then broke him again in the sixth game of the second set and secured his place in the semi-finals.
In what was a very poor performance from Murray, the two time major winner failed to win a break point and made 55 unforced errors. It’s been a disappointing month for him as he also lost in the final of the Australian Open a few weeks ago.
"I always need to be on 100 per cent, and when I'm on 100 per cent, mentally [and] also tennis wise, then I think I can play with them”
By beating Murray, Coric became the first teenager to make it to the Dubai semi-finals since Rafael Nadal did it as a 19-year-old back in 2006. The young star also Nadal in the quarter-final of the Swiss Open last year.
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Coric said after his win: “It’s one of the biggest wins for sure. I was just trying to maintain my level, stay in the rallies as long as I can, which I was doing really well. I was also running very well.
“I’m still a little bit struggling with the best players when they are playing really good obviously. I always need to be on 100 per cent, and when I'm on 100 per cent, mentally [and] also tennis wise, then I think I can play with them.”
Too many mistakes
After the game that only lasted one hour and 19 minutes, Murray said: “He didn't make many errors, he played very solid and he moved well. I made way too many mistakes from the beginning of the match right through to the end, early in rallies, rushing points.”
Coric is the youngest player in the men’s top 100 and has only faced Murray once before, and he got thrashed by the Brit in the Davis Cup, but he was much better than Murray during this encounter and could face Rodger Federer in the semi-finals if the Swiss star beats Richard Gasquet in his quarter-final.