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Hurkacz too good for Andy Murray in Metz

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Andy Murray's promising run at the Moselle Open in Metz has been summarily ended with a quarter-final straight-sets defeat at the hands of top seed Hubert Hurkacz.

Victories over Ugo Humbert and Vasek Pospisil had seen the Scot reach the last-eight at an ATP Tour event for the first time since he won his last title in Antwerp in 2019.

But Hurkacz, who defeated Roger Federer to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals this summer, proved a step too far on Friday, the Pole prevailing 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

Murray was obviously frustrated not to win a first set where he was the better player, missing three opportunities to break in the eighth game.

And Hurkacz took advantage in the tiebreak before raising his level in the second set, breaking Murray's serve in the fourth game and holding off any attempted fightback.

Murray said: "It was frustrating to lose, obviously. I had chances again and didn't take them.

"I'm not saying I deserved to win the second set, he served extremely well and I played one loose service game.

"But in the first set I had chances and I should have taken them, didn't, and against players who are that good, you don't get loads. Disappointing."

This week was a small step forward for the 34-year-old but he still remains outside the top 100 and is in a hurry to climb the rankings to avoid the sort of draw that saw him play Stefanos Tsitsipas in the opening round of the US Open.

"I think I played better this week than I did in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem, for example," said Murray.

"I did play a pretty good match at the US Open. But I'm not that interested in playing well and losing. I want to be winning these matches.

"My goal's not to get in the top 100. I would want to get back in the top 10, that would be more something that would motivate me in terms of a goal."

Hurkacz will take on German Peter Gojowczyk in the semi-finals while Murray is due to play in next week's ATP tournament in San Diego.

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