Coric destroys Murray in Dubai quarter-final

Coric destroys Murray in Dubai quarter-final
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Published February 26th, 2015 - 16:54 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Andy Murray fell victim to 55 unforced errors as the third seed crumbled in a 6-1, 6-3 defeat with Croatian teenager Borna Coric reaching the semi-finals of the Dubai Classic on Thursday at the Scot's expense.

A listless Murray, 2012 finalist, had little to say on court against the 18-year-old lucky loser from qualifying rounds who entered the main draw when Philip Kohlschreiber withdrew.

Coric will face the winner from six-time champion Roger Federer and France's Richard Gasquet.

"I made way too many mistakes from the beginning of the match right through to the end, early in rallies, rushing points," Murray said. "It's disappointing, obviously.

"He moved well, made a lot of balls, very few errors. Made it tough.

"I wouldn't say I felt bad when I went on the court. I would definitely say I was a little bit sluggish at the beginning of the match, but in the second set I started to move a bit better and play a little bit better. But, yeah, I started the match not good.

"When you're playing at this level, you can't really get away with that. I will need to try and improve on that."

The 84th-ranked Coric levelled his record with Britain's former Wimbledon winner at 1-1 after Murray won a Davis Cup meeting in 2013.

Coric showed little fear of the third seed in their quarter-final, taking the first of four breaks of serve in the third game of the match.

The Croatian added Murray to his elite victim's list after defeating Rafael Nadal last autumn in a Basel quarter-final a week before the ailing Spaniard underwent appendix surgery.

Coric finished off Murray on a first match point as the Scot returned a serve well wide after 79 minutes. Murray never got a look at a break point.

The upset levelled Coric's record this season at 5-5 while Australian Open finalist Murray stands 10-3 and now heads to the Davis Cup first round against the US in Glasgow next week.

It was the second time in as many events that Murray has stalled in the quarter-finals after losing at the same stage earlier this month against Frenchman Gilles Simon in Rotterdam

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