Former world No. 1 Andy Murray says he woke up tired in the morning and was a bit unsure which tactics to implement against Austria's Dominic Thiem at the China Open. Murray, now ranked at No. 503 in the world, fought well against Thiem but the top-seeded Austrian escaped with a straight-set win 6-2 7-6 (3) win to progress into the Beijing semifinal.
Thiem dominated the beginning of the match as he broke Murray twice to easily win the first set and then started the second set with a break. However, three-time Grand Slam champion Murray refused to give up as he claimed his first break of the match in the 10th game when Thiem was serving for the match.
Failing to serve out for the match didn't affect Thiem, who cruised past the second set tie-break to earn a straight-set win. "I think there were some really good points in the match, like at the beginning of the match some really good points [and] also at the end,” Murray said post-match, per the ATP website.
“I was a little bit unsure kind of how to go about the match at the beginning… I was feeling a little bit tired this morning. We talked about maybe, ‘If you are feeling that way, try to finish off some of the points’… I wasn't that happy with the way I went about the match after the first game. I went a bit off track there at first, in terms of how I was playing. The week overall was good”.