Nick Kyrgios thinks Andy Murray "does not like playing Alex de Minaur at all" after the Briton got demolished again by the Australian. After winning back-to-back Challenger titles in Surbiton and Nottingham, Murray suffered his first defeat on the grass this year after de Minaur handed him a 6-3 6-1 loss in the Queen's first round.
Just two months earlier, de Minaur destroyed Murray 6-1 6-3 in the Monte Carlo Masters first round. De Minaur now owns a 4-0 head-to-head against three-time Grand Slam champion Murray. "Muzz doesn’t like playing demon at all, crazy," Kyrgios tweeted.
Muzz doesn’t like playing demon at all, crazy — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 20, 2023
Kyrgios: Murray doesn't like playing de Minaur at all
After being demolished by de Minaur in Monte Carlo, Murray described it as one of the worst defeats of his career.
Also, Murray used the terms "demoralizing" and "awful" after losing to de Minaur in Monte Carlo. This time, Murray met de Minaur on the grass - a surface he prefers much more than clay. But the outcome was again the same.
After the match was over, Murray said he didn't want to overreact. "I don't want to overanalyse. It's easy to overreact. I lost to a good player. It's obviously not the same level of opponents, but I won Nottingham last week without dropping a set.
I only lost one set in Surbiton. I was holding serve very comfortably, moving well, hitting the ball good. There are a lot of positive signs there," Murray said after losing to de Minaur. After winning back-to-back Challenger titles in Surbiton and Nottingham, Murray's confidence grew and it was not a secret that he was aiming to also make a deep Queen's run.
But Murray's Queen's run was a short one. Last year, Murray defeated James Duckworth in his Wimbledon opener before losing to John Isner in the second round. Murray hopes to make one more strong Wimbledon run before retiring.