'Difficult to watch': Fans gutted over 'worrying' Andy Murray showing

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Andy Murray (pictured left) after his defeat at the Rennes Challenger Event and (pictured right) Roma Safiullin serving.
Andy Murray (pictured left) suffered a defeat in the Rennes Challenger Event to Roma Safiullin (pictured right). (Images: ATP Challenger Event)

Fans have been left gutted after Andy Murray copped another brutal loss at an ATP challenger event, despite showing promising form in his hard-court swing.

The three-time Grand Slam champion picked up first round wins at the Southern & Western Open and Winston-Salem ahead of his US Open bid.

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And despite falling to a red-hot Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open, in a controversial five-set thriller, Murray showed signs of his old bullish self.

However, the Scot appeared to run out of steam at the Rennes Challenger event after falling to World No.158 Roman Safiullin 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in the Last 16.

Murray, World No.116, entered the challenger event as the fifth-seed wildcard, but was someway off his best.

Fans took to social media to express their concern over Murray's performance, despite the Scot fighting till the end.

Andy Murray praises Emma Raducanu's US Open win

Nine years after Murray won the first of his three grand slam titles at the US Open, 18-year-old Raducanu stunned the tennis world by beating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in Flushing Meadows.

Raducanu, the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam title, did not drop a set throughout the tournament.

And Murray discussed the incredible teenagers fairytale run.

"It was incredible what she did there," Murray, who himself ended Britain's 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam champion when he beat Novak Djokovic in the 2012 final, told the BBC.

"What she did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and gives hopefully the governing bodies an opportunity to capitalise on that and get more and more kids involved in the sport. It's great what she did and a huge opportunity for British tennis now."

with Reuters

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