Andy Murray suffers Qatar Open defeat to 18-year-old Mensik

Two-time Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray suffered a second round defeat to 18-year-old Jakub Mensik at the Quatar Open. The match was a long-winded affair which was eventually settled by a deciding tie-breaker in the final set.

Murray lost the first set but levelled the match in the second forcing a third and deciding session. His Czech opponent ultimately proved too strong and won the contest 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-4). Menisk, who is currently ranked 116th in the world rankings, reaches his first ATP quarter final with the win.

Only 24 hours before his match with Menisk, Murray had secured his first win of 2024 against Alexandre Muller. The former World No.1 has endured a difficult start to the year suffering six consecutive defeats, including an early exit at the Australian Open in January.

His loss to youngster Menisk will see Murray drop out of the world’s top 60. At the age of 36 it is undeniable the Scott is in the final stages of his illustrious career. Questions are beginning to arise debating if this will be his final year in tennis

If 2024 transpires to be the curtain raiser for Andy Murray it will draw to a close an extremely successful tenure in the sport. His achievement have culminated with three Grand Slam titles and a period at the top of the world rankings.

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