The series of victories achieved by Andy Murray ended with the defeat of two successive groups in front of the Spanish Fernando Verdasco, in the eight-year-round of the Shenzhen Open-ended tennis tournament, the penultimate tournament in which the British player participated this season.
The former world number one won two consecutive wins this week and continued promising performances after returning from a groin surgery in January but suffered a 6-4, 6-4 defeat against his veteran rival.
Verdasco, 34, has already won two consecutive groups in the second round of the US Open Championship last August.
These two consecutive victories were realized within a month after Fernando Verdasco suffered eight consecutive defeats in front of Murray in nine years.
Murray slipped to 311 in the world rankings, and on Thursday, his best victory since his return to beat Belgian David Juven.
But fifth-seeded Verdasco showed a solid form in the game, which lasted one hour and 40 minutes, with 11 shots and 38 straight.
It was the first time that the Spanish player had qualified for the semifinals on solid ground for nearly a year to face Japan’s qualifying champion Yoshihito Nishioka, who also beat a British competitor, Cameron Norrie 7-6, 6-2.
Murray will take part in the China Open in Beijing next week, the last of six consecutive tournaments to conclude this season before focusing his efforts on ensuring his best appearance in Australia at the start of the new year.
The other semi-final will be a match between Australian rookie Alex de Manure and his French rival Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
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