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Bautista Agut Hands Murray Worst Loss Since 2014

Andy Murray utilized crush Roberto Bautista Agut in head-to-head matches, but such days are gone.

On Wednesday in Dubai, the Scot was beaten 6-0, 6-1 by the 16th-ranked Spaniard, his biggest defeat since losing by the same score to Roger Federer at the 2014 ATP Finals.

Bautista Agut reached the quarterfinals in Doha, where he is a former champion (2019) and runner-up (2019). He translated five of six break points, ended up saving the only break point he faced, and hit 25 winners against only six unforced errors (2021).

Murray is a two-time Doha champion (2008 and 2009), but he showed no signs of the form that helped him win both titles, winning 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round over Taro Daniel. Murray now has a record of 20-4 at Doha and is 7-5 on the season.

Against Bautista Agut, the 34-year-old former World No. 1 is just able to win 15 of 41 points on serve.

In the quarterfinals in Dubai, the Spaniard will face Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian defeated Alex Molcan 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals, where he will face Arthur Rinderknech of France, who defeated Alexander Bublik 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4.

Marin Cilic (d. Van de Zandschulp), Nikoloz Basilashvili (d. E. Ymer), Marton Fucsovics (d. Soonwoo Kwon), Karen Khachanov (d. Ruusuvuori), and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (d. Ruusuvuori) all passed on Wednesday.

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