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Andy Murray crashes out of European Open to Diego Schwartzman

Andy Murray crashes out of European Open to Diego Schwartzman
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2019 European Open champion Andy Murray bows out in the second round of this year's tournament following a narrow defeat to Diego Schwartzman.

Andy Murray has bowed out of the European Open in the second round following a narrow defeat to Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

The three-time Grand Slam winner overcame Frances Tiafoe in the first round to set up a tie with Schwartzman and found himself 4-1 up in the first set against the world number 14.

However, Murray would suffer a collapse as Schwartzman took the first set 6-4 before a 7-6 second-set success following an 8-6 tie-break, but the South American nevertheless paid tribute to his opponent's performance.

Speaking to the media after the game, Schwartzman said: "It was a pleasure to play against Andy. We had not played before and he is coming back and every week he is playing better and moving better.

"I have a lot of respect because when I grew up playing tennis, I was watching Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic and right now, playing against him is a pleasure for me."

Murray triumphed in the European Open as recently as 2019 but will now begin preparations for the Vienna Open later this month.

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