Andy Murray suffers stunning defeat in Rennes Challenger event
Andy Murray suffered a shock defeat to Russian Roman Safiullin in the second round of the Rennes Challenger event on Wednesday.
The three-time Grand Slam champion started his campaign comfortably against Yannick Maden before falling to Safiullin 6-2 4-6 6-1.
The Brit admitted he was playing on the Challenger tour to play more regularly and improve his match fitness ahead of the major tournaments, though was dealt a stunning blow against the Russian.
Murray struggled in the opening set, winning just a staggering 9% (1/11) second serves as the world number 158 dominated the exchanges and earned himself a double break before wrapping up the set 6-2.
The 34-year-old improved in the second set, breaking for the first time at 4-4 before levelling the match.
However, the final set was almost a carbon copy of the first, with Safuillin winning 31 of the 48 points.
The Russian broke Murray twice to race into a 5-0 lead, and had three match points to bagel the Brit before eventually sealing a deserved victory 6-1.
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