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Andy Murray praises Andy Roddick after losing in Miami exhibition event

Andy Murray still manages a smile as he congratulates Andy Roddick.  Picture: Getty Images

Andy Murray still manages a smile as he congratulates Andy Roddick. Picture: Getty Images

ANDY Murray was in action in Key Biscayne in Florida at the weekend, losing 6-2, 6-3 to Andy Roddick on Saturday night in the Miami Tennis Cup exhibition event.

Murray, trailing 2-5 in the first set, surrendered his serve in the eighth game when he sailed a backhand crosscourt wide. In the second set, the Scot saved two break points from 0-40 down, but couldn’t rescue the third as Roddick took a 5-3 lead. At 15-0, Roddick double-faulted twice in a row, but went on to win the final three points of the match with a service winner and two forehand winners.

Roddick was due to play world 
No 11 Nicolas Almagro of Spain in the final overnight. Almagro had 
advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over American John Isner.

Murray, the Olympic gold medallist and US Open champion, wasn’t all that surprised to lose to Roddick.

“Andy hasn’t hit that many balls the last few months,” Murray said. “Maybe his timing was a little bit off, but he still hits the ball very well. It was only a few months ago he was making a 
decent run at the US Open.”

 

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