Russian Andrey Rublev interrupted the 2021 comeback of Andy Murray as the world No. 8 stopped the Scot 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday in the second round of the ATP event in Rotterdam.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray went down to Rublev 96 minutes after escaping the first round here in his second ATP outing of the season after being banned from travelling to the Australian Open due to a positive COVID-19 test in January.
Rublev has a reputation to uphold at this week’s 500 series event after winning the last three 500s of the 2020 season in Hamburg, St Petersburg and Vienna.
Murray lost serve three times while never cracking his opponent’s service games.
The 33-year-old said he will rest next week before travelling to Dubai and then to Miami for the March 24 start of that Masters.
Rublev, who won his 17th consecutive match at the 500 level, limited his unforced errors to a dozen while striking 24 winners. as he reached the Dutch quarter-finals in 2018 and last February.
The Scottish wild card entry improved to 10-1 on the season.
Main photo:- Andrey Rublev winning in Rotterdam 500 by ATPTour.com