ATP Shenzhen: Andy Murray struggles against Zhang. Shapovalov wins


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ATP Shenzhen: Andy Murray struggles against Zhang. Shapovalov wins

Competing in only his sixth ATP tournament of the season, a former world number 1 and 2014 Shenzhen champion Andy Murray has scored his sixth win of the season after a hard-fought 6-3 6-7 4-2 win over Zhizhen Zhang who was unable to finish the match. Andy was the better player on the court but he had to work hard to earn this lead before the Chinese decided to quit, saving eight out of 10 break points and stealing rival's serve four times from nine opportunities, including the one in the deciding set.

Everything worked fine for the Briton in the opening set, racing into a 5-1 lead with breaks in games two and six and he closed the set with a hold at love in game nine, previously losing his serve two games earlier. Zhang raised his level in the second set and he created eight break chances, breaking Andy in game six to move 4-2 ahead and serving for the set at 5-3.

Murray broke back to extend the set and it had to be decided in the tie break after three good holds on both sides. There, Zhizhen won all four points on the return to grab the breaker 7-3 but he was unable to stay on the similar pace in set number three, retiring after getting broken in the sixth game and sending Andy into the second round where he will face the top seed and the defending champion David Goffin on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Alex de Minaur has claimed his 19th win of the season after a convincing 6-3 6-0 triumph over the struggling Japnese Yuichi Sugita in 57 minutes. Alex served at 51% but he lost just nine points in his games, losing serve once and keeping the pressure on Sugita all the time.

It was a terrible performance on serve for Yuichi, landing only 43% of the first serves in and dropping almost 60% of the points to face nine break points, suffering five breaks to leave the court in less than an hour. They traded breaks in games three and four and de Minaur moved ahead with another break in game six, rattling off four straight games and winning the opener 6-3.

Sugita faded from the court after that, taking just nine points in set number two to send Alex into the second round where he will face Mackenzie McDonald. First round results:

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