It hasn’t been the best of trips to the Far East for the former world No.1 Andy Murray who collected his has ended his run in China with just one win in four matches.
The latest of these came in the opening round of the Shanghai Masters, back on the ATP Tour after a three-year absence, with his only win posted in Zhuhai two weeks ago.
Murray, who has won Shanghai on three previous occasion (2010-11 & 2016) lost out to Roman Saffiullin 6-3 6-2 losing his serve five time and only capturing the Russian’s once.
Ther results will most certainly be a disappointment for the 36-year-old Scot who had beaten his opponent, a debutant at the event, in their only previous meeting in Basel last year. It also extends his record in Shanghai to read 23-5!
Stan Wawrinka also found himself on the losing side of his opening round as he lost to Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-4 7-6(7) in a match which featured seven breaks of serve.
Again a disappointment for the 38-year-old Swiss star who had beaten the Serbian in both their previous meetings. For Lajovic, it was his first win in three outings in Shanghai.
Also through to the second round is Mackenzie McDonald of the US who beat Corentin Moutet of France 6-2 6-3 as are China’s Zizhen Zhang who rolled past the 37-year-old French veteran, Richard Gasquet 6-1 6-2 and Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka who battled past Germany’s Daniel Altmaier 6-4 3-6 7-6(2).
Meanwhile Brandon Nakashima of the US advanced past Spain’s Spains Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-1 7-6(3) as did Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis who ousted the Italian veteran Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4.