Grigor Dimitrov emerges victorious in Brisbane as Andy Murray’s 2024 campaign gets off to a disappointing start.

Andy Murray’s preparations for the Australian Open suffered a setback after a disappointing loss to second seed Grigor Dimitrov at the Brisbane International. The unseeded Scot had a chance to advance when he won the first set of the intense match between two former tournament champions on Pat Rafter Arena. However, Dimitrov fought back and won 4-6 7-5 6-2, resulting in another early exit for Murray, similar to their meeting at last year’s US Open where Murray was victorious in the second round.
Murray, who is ranked No. 14 in the world, will face either Australian qualifier Li Tu or Germany’s Daniel Altmaier in the second round.
This was Murray’s first competitive singles match since he suffered a first-round loss to Alex de Minaur at the Paris Masters in late October due to a shoulder injury that prevented him from representing Great Britain in the Davis Cup finals. Despite the setback, the 36-year-old displayed impressive performance initially, particularly in the tight match that remained on serve until he took advantage of his opponent’s errors in the 10th game to win the opening set.
Dimitrov responded calmly and forced a deciding set by winning a more chaotic second set where both players struggled to hold serve. The Bulgarian’s efforts to level the match were aided by saving a crucial break point with a remarkable baseline smash, even though he was playing with a broken string.
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