WATCH: Andy Murray brutally smashes his racket to pieces after suffering a sixth straight loss to Alex de Minaur to crash out of the Paris Masters 2023

Alex De Minaur beat Andy Murray 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-4 in the round of 64 of the 2023 Paris Masters.


WATCH: Andy Murray brutally smashes his racket to pieces after suffering a sixth straight loss to Alex de Minaur to crash out of the Paris Masters 2023

Andy Murray breaks his racket (Image via: Imago)

Andy Murray suffered a disappointing defeat against Alex De Minaur in the round of 64 of the ongoing Rolex Paris Masters and has thus been knocked out of the tournament. This was his 6th consecutive loss against the Australian player and with this, Alex De Minaur has become the only player to win their first six matches against the British legend. 

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The Brit was understandably frustrated with himself after losing the match and he broke his racket in frustration. Alex De Minaur won the first set with ease and forced Andy Murray to up his game from the second set onwards, which he did, and made a comeback.

However, in the third and deciding set, despite having a lead, Andy Murray slipped off and choked, resulting in the Australian taking away the match. 

The fans started to boo Andy Murray after the match as he stepped off the court. It was one of his biggest chokes in the recent past and he probably should have won this. The British were clearly mad at themselves too, as he did not respond to the crowd booing him at all. 

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24-year-old Australian player Alex De Minaur deserves full credit for this, though he performed phenomenally even under pressure against the legend. With this victory, Alex has also become the first player to beat Murray on clay, grass, outdoor hard, and indoor hard in a single season. This shows how big of an achievement this actually is. 

Is it time for Andy Murray to retire? 

Andy Murray’s performance this season has been disappointing all throughout. He has had some good matches here and there but overall, he has not been able to achieve anything significant in the year 2023. His continuous series of injuries has very clearly weakened the player that he once used to be and it’s sad to see.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray (Source: Sky Sports)

After his exit from the 2023 Paris Masters, talks of Murray’s possible retirement have stirred up again. The British had earlier said that he has a retirement date in his plan but it is not definitive.

I'm aware, based on how my last sort of five or six years have gone, that things can change very quickly, as well. I'm keeping an open mind to that. Yeah, I do have an idea of when I'd like to stop, yeah.  
Murray said a few months ago

The time, according to many tennis fans, has now arrived. 

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