Andy Murray loses to Alex de Minaur despite former rival Novak Djokovic offering advice

Andy Murray suffers Laver Cup defeat to Australia’s Alex de Minaur… despite having ex-rival Novak Djokovic offer tips for change

  • Andy Murray was defeated by Australian Alex de Minaur in the Laver Cup
  • The former world No. 1 was beaten 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 at the O2 Arena.
  • The event also saw Roger Federer call off his legendary career in the sport

Andy Murray finally returned to London’s O2 Arena last night, long since his career peaked.

In late 2016 he beat Novak Djokovic here to end the year as No. 1, which turned out to be the high point.

Many physical struggles later he returned to the undercard for Roger Federer’s farewell and found himself beaten 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 in the Laver Cup by Alex de Minaur.

Andy Murray loses to Alex de Minaur despite former rival Novak Djokovic offering advice

Andy Murray defeated by Alex de Minaur in the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London

The venue was also the site of Murray's biggest career triumph when he dethroned Djokovic in 2016

The venue was also the site of Murray’s biggest career triumph when he dethroned Djokovic in 2016

The Australian’s quick win put a first point on the board for Team World against Team Europe to make it 2-1 ahead of what was, unusually, a double main event.

It is the 35-year-old Scot’s first outing in this semi-serious challenge match, a choice that had the distinct aspect of being through his appeal to the public rather on merit – as it once would have been.

Murray has experienced just about everything in the game, but never before would he have had Novak Djokovic come to him on the changes to give him advice.

Early last night he reminded him that he had a better shot than De Minaur and to focus on that. That was definitely to Murray’s advantage as he couldn’t match the Australian’s swing, who is one of the fastest players on tour.

The issue for Murray was yet another slow court and trying to penetrate it. After 82 minutes of hard slog he finally double faulted to take the first set.

The Laver Cup also saw Roger Federer walk away with a doubles match alongside Rafael Nadal after a legendary career in the sport.

The Laver Cup also saw Roger Federer walk away with a doubles match alongside Rafael Nadal after a legendary career in the sport.

All the while the backstage video, a clever innovation of this event, showed Federer and Rafa Nadal watching in the team room.

There was nothing smooth on the surface of the field, which the Scot tried to pass. When it came to the deciding tiebreak, the Australian almost kept his nose in front, to the delight of his animated team-mates on the courtside leather couch.

There may also have been pleasure among the capacity crowd, who would have worried about the last train home, as another tennis match stretched into the evening.

Through De Minaur, Team World had managed to equalize their entire tally in this event a year ago when they were thrashed 14-1 by the Europeans, who have not lost this match in four previous editions.

Earlier Casper Rudd had been pushed close to a decisive tiebreak by American Jack Shock, in the group more for his doubles ability. After that, Stefanos Tsitsipas seemed to highlight the overall gap between the two teams when he allowed Argentina’s Diego Schwarzman just three games.

Leave a Comment