Andy Murray today crashed out of the Tennis Master's Cup after a straights set defeat to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko, 7-5, 6-2.
It was clear from the off that the Scot was feeling the after effects of his epic match with Roger Federer less than 24 hours earlier. The Russian broke immediately and signs were ominous. However, Murray immediately broke back and the match went with serve until Davydenko broke at 5-5, before serving out to take the set 7-5.
The second set was more comprehensive for the Russian. He was striking the ball beautfully, taking it early and keeping Murray pegged behind the baseline. The tired Scot had no answer to the Russian's relentless strokes and eventually lost the set 6-2. And with that went Murray's dream of lifting the Tennis Master's Cup for 2008.
I'm disappointed but I thought Davydenko was superb and Andy a little tired. Looking forward to the new season already!!