It turned out to be another upset in tennis where an unseeded chap knocks out a recognized and top-ranked player.
Unseeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili stunned World No 3 Andy Murray in the second round of the Washington Open on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Briton chose to play an extra tournament ahead of the last Grand Slam of the year, U.S. Open, which is scheduled to kick off on August 31.
Murray, the top-seed of the tournament, had to bow out in the second round after losing 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-4) to the 30-year-old world number 53.
“I was exhausted at the end because my body was really tired,” said the Scot.
Murray will now play Masters event in Montreal and then Cincinnati in the following weeks to prepare for the flushing meadows.
The Game Of Upset
Murray served for the match leading 5-4 in the final set. But the Russian, who hit 11 aces and slammed 30 winners in the match, broke Murray’s serve to pull off an upset victory. Gabashvili, who was 3-22 against top 10 foes before the match, made only 15 unforced errors to make Murray the top-ranked victim of his career.
He now faces the winner of a later match between Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas and Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis.
“It wasn’t like I was blown off the court in a match that I had no chance of winning,” Murray also added after the match.
“It was the first hard-court match for four-and-a-half months with only four or five days of preparation, so I was happy with how I moved and did certain things on court.”
Murray led Great Britain to advance to the semifinals of the Davis Cup last month to set up a tie against arch-rival Australia.