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Andy Murray loses to Alex de Minaur despite having former rival Novak Djokovic offering advice

Andy Murray was defeated by Alex de Minaur in the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London

Andy Murray suffers Laver Cup loss to Aussie Alex de Minaur…despite former rival Novak Djokovic offering advice on the switch

  • Andy Murray suffered a loss to Australian Alex de Minaur in the Laver Cup
  • The former World No. 1 was defeated 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 at The O2 Arena
  • The event also saw Roger Federer call time on his legendary career in the sport.

Andy Murray finally returned to London’s O2 Arena last night, long after his career had arguably peaked.

At the end of 2016, he beat Novak Djokovic here to finish the year as No. 1, which turned out to be the highest mark.

After many physical struggles, he returned to the undercard for Roger Federer’s farewell and found himself beaten 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 in the Laver Cup by Alex de Minaur.

The venue was also the site of Murray's biggest career triumph when he dethroned Djokovic in 2016.

The venue was also the site of Murray’s biggest career triumph when he dethroned Djokovic in 2016.

Australia’s quick victory put a first point on the scoreboard for Team World against Team Europe to make it 2-1 before what was, unusually, a doubles match in the main event role.

It is the 35-year-old Scotsman’s first appearance in this semi-serious challenge, a selection that had the distinct aspect of being through appeal to the public and not merit, as it once would have been.

Murray has experienced just about everything in the game, but never before has Novak Djokovic come up to him on the switch to offer advice.

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Early last night he reminded him that he had better shots than De Minaur and to focus on that. That was certainly Murray’s advantage, as he couldn’t match the movement of the Australian, who is among the fastest players on tour.

The problem for Murray was another deadly slow speed court and trying to penetrate it. After 82 minutes of hard work, he finally double faulted to take the first set.

The Laver Cup also saw Roger Federer bow out in a doubles match alongside Rafael Nadal after a legendary career in the sport.

The Laver Cup also saw Roger Federer bow out in a doubles match alongside Rafael Nadal after a legendary career in the sport.

Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes video footage, a nifty innovation for this event, showed Federer and Rafa Nadal looking on in the team room.

There was nothing slippery on the surface of the pitch, which the Scotsman struggled to get through. When the deciding tie-break came around, the Aussie kept his nose in front, much to the delight of his cheering teammates on the pitchside leather sofa.

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There may also have been delight among the capacity crowd, who will have been preoccupied with catching their last train home as another tennis match dragged on into the night.

Through De Minaur, Team World had managed to equalize their entire tally for this competition a year ago, when they were thrashed 14-1 by the Europeans, who have not lost this match in four previous editions.

Earlier, Casper Ruud had been pushed close in a decisive playoff by American Jack Sock, on the team more for his doubles prowess. After that, Stefanos Tsitsipas seemed to emphasize the general gulf between the two teams when he allowed Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman just three games.

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