Andy Murray loses to world No 76 Facundo Bagnis in Melbourne | Tennis News

Andy Murray accepted a wild card for this month’s Australia Open, which will mark his first tournament appearance since 2019.

Last updated: 04/01/22 8:08


It was a losing start to the year for Andy Murray

Andy Murray got off to a frustrating start to the new year when he was beaten by world number 76 Facundo Bagnis in the first round of the Melbourne Summer Series.

The 34-year-old produced an error-filled display when he fell 6-3 5-7 6-3 against Bagnis, leaving him a lot of work to do ahead of this month’s Australian Open.

Murray had harbored hopes of starting 2022 competitively after reaching the final of an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi in December, where he was beaten by Andrey Rublev.

But those hopes largely vanished in a disappointing display that left the Scotsman slamming his racquet to the bench in frustration midway through the deciding set.

Bagnis, who never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament, took the first set but Murray responded well with a dominant second on level issues.

However, Murray was plagued with a bad ball toss and terrible second serve percentage, which allowed Bagnis to take the crucial break in the fifth game of the last set before serving to win the match.

Murray accepted a wild card at the Australian Open, two years after indicating that his appearance in Melbourne would likely be his last due to upcoming hip surgery.

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