Former doubles world No. 1 Mark Knowles is seeing positive signs in the game of Andy Murray. Murray, ranked at No. 113 in the world, suffered a qurterfinal loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the Metz quarterfinal on Friday. Murray, who received a wild card into Metz, beat Ugo Humbert and Vasek Pospisil en route to making the quarterfinal.
Unfortunately for Murray, he couldn't surprise No. 1 seed Hurkacz as the Pole claimed a 7-6 (4) 6-3 win. Had Murray beaten Hurkacz, he would have returned to the top-100 in the world. "Well, I think it's all positive.
We saw that at the US Open. The five-set loss to Tsitsipas. We felt like his game was getting better, but more importantly, physically he was feeling really strong. And for me this week and watching him play, playing great tennis, I think he will be a little disappointed today.
Because ultimately he is the ultimate competitor and I felt he missed an opportunity. His level was there this week, I think it didn't show up today. The good news is, physically, he looks really good," Knowles said of Murray on Tennis Channel.
Murray loses again to Hurkacz
Murray suffered a straight-set defeat to Hurkacz at last month's Cincinnati Masters. After beating Pospisil in the Metz round-of-16, Murray said he would like to again meet Hurkacz. Hurkacz beat Lucas Pouille to set up a Murray clash but the Briton failed to get a revenge against the Pole.
Murray paid the price for failing to realize any of his three break points in the eighth game of the first set as Hurkacz converted his third set point in the tie-break to win a tight opener. Hurkacz then earned the first break of the match in the fourth game of the second set and then held on to his serve the rest of the way too book a straight-set win.