Andy Murray Shenzhen charge ended by ruthless Fernando Verdasco

Andy Murray looking up

Andy Murray’s impressive run at the Shenzhen Open in China ended on Friday, as Spaniard Fernando Verdasco beat him for the second time in recent weeks.

The former world number one was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Verdasco, who had also accounted for the Scot in the US Open at the end of last month.

Murray had gone into the match with renewed confidence after beating top seed David Goffin but could not match that display against a more solid Verdasco.

There was further British disappointment as Cameron Norrie’s hopes of reaching the last four were dashed by Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka, who won 7-6 6-2.

Elsewhere, seventh seed Alex de Minaur beat fourth seed Damir Dzumhur, winning 6-3 7-6 (9/7) to set up a last four clash with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who beat Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (6/8) 7-6 (7/1) 6-4.

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