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Britains Andy Murray was defeated 6-2 7-6 (7-3) by top-seed Dominic Thiem at the quarter-finals of their China Open.
The 32-year-old, in his singles quarter-final in more than a year following career-saving hip operation in January, was busted early in the places.
Murray broke back to force a tie-break once the Austrian served at 5-4 in the second set for success.
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old, whos ranked fifth in the entire world, ruled that the tie-break to guarantee victory in Beijing.
Murray produced a number of volleys and trademark fall shots and moved encouragingly publicly during an evenly balanced match.
Thiem will perform with the Karen Khachanov in the semi-finals of Russia following the conquer Italys Fabio Fognini 3-6 6-3 6-1.
Murrays final ATP Tour singles quarter-final appearance was a defeat by Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the Shenzhen Open in September 2018.
The Scotsman will last this weekend to his singles comeback in the Shanghai Open following having a entry.
Hes won the title Shanghai in 2010, 2011 and 2016 – on three occasions.
Meanwhile world number two Rafael Nadal, 33, who obtained his 19th Grand Slam title at the US Open in September, has pulled from the championship in Zhuhai from 5 October owing to a wrist injury.
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