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Andy Murray winless streak in 2024 continues after defeat to Tomas Machac at Open 3 Provence in Marseille | Tennis News


Andy Murray is still looking for his first win in 2024 after he lost in straight sets to Tomas Machac in the first round of the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

Murray, who hasn’t won since October, was playing his fourth match of 2024 on Tuesday but delivered a disappointing performance as Machac beat him 7-5 6-4, with both players far from their best.

Earlier this year, Murray admitted this season could be his last on the ATP tour if he is “not enjoying it” but last week he responded to criticism on X, formerly known as Twitter, by vowing “I won’t quit”.

The three-time Grand Slam champion is set to take two weeks off before next playing at the Qatar Open in Doha in the week beginning February 19 – live on Sky Sports Tennis.

Machac capitalised on several Murray unforced errors to break in the third game of the opening set but the Briton broke back to make it 3-3 and the next four games were shared with the scores now at 5-5.

However, Murray made further mistakes in the 11th game as he continued to frustratingly find the net so Machac broke his opponent and held serve to take the first set in 52 minutes.

Andy Murray of Britain plays a forehand return to Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Andy Murray last won a match in October but recently stated ‘I will not quit’ when responding to criticism on social media

The crowd inside the Palais des Sports de Marseille urged Murray on but Machac broke early in the second set. Machac offered up break point to Murray in the sixth game but saved it with some attacking groundstrokes to lead 4-2.

Despite Murray raising his game, Machac managed to comfortably hold serve to the end which was enough to book a spot in the second round against Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti.

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