Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and world No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut have both withdrawn from Cologne 2.
Murray, 33, appeared in the first edition of Cologne but didn't have much success as he ended up exiting the event in the first round.
Andy Murray has withdrawn from the second event in Cologne this coming week because of “inflammation of left psoas”, an issue that he suffered after the US Open.
Might still play again before the season is out in Paris but not certain at the moment. — Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) October 18, 2020
Murray, now ranked at No. 115 in the world, suffered a straight-set defeat against Fernando Verdasco as the Spaniard won 6-4 6-4. Murray hasn't played well since the season restarted in August as the Briton is in a three-match losing streak.
Murray performed poorly in each of his past three matches as he was also beaten in straight sets by Felix Auger-Aliassime at the US Open and Stan Wawrinka at the French Open, respectively. "I need to get back to playing my game on the court, I’ve kind of gone away from that a little bit,” Murray said after losing to Verdasco, per Tennis365.
“I’m maybe making a few more mistakes than usual because of that."
Murray wasn't happy with his performance against Verdasco
Murray, who won only a total of six games against Wawrinka at the French Open, was hoping to perform much better against Verdasco but that wasn't the case.
"I need to practice, I need to play matches and physically I need to get better,” Murray said. “Some things I did a little bit better but overall it was not that much better than that match (against Stan Wawrinka in Paris).
"It’s a surface that I’m a little bit more comfortable on, so that probably helped me. But in terms of my game, it was not much better." Meanwhile, Bautista Agut ended up making a deep run in Cologne as he made the semifinal, before losing to Auger-Aliassime.
Bautista Agut, seeded at No. 2, was beaten in three sets by Auger-Aliassime as the Canadian won 6-3 1-6 6-3. After beating Bautista Agut, Auger-Aliassime admitted he was thrilled with his win since the Spaniard is one of the best players on the Tour.
"It’s a good win. It’s good for my confidence to be able to beat Roberto since he beat me last time last year in a tough match,” Auger-Aliassime said after beating Bautista Agut, per the ATP website.
“Obviously I’m happy to beat a player like this today." Following the withdrawals of Murray and Bautista Agut, a place in the Cologne 2 main draw opened up for Alexei Popyrin and Sumit Nagal.