Andy Murray’s season is officially over after former world number one suffered a straight set defeat to Fernando Verdasco in the quarter finals of the Shenzhen Open.
Murry has struggled for fitness and form all season after being forced to undergo hip surgery in early January and only returned to the circuit in the summer and was due to compete in the China open in Beijing next month, however he has decided to withdraw due to a issue with his ankle.
Murray who has moved up the rankings to 311 since his return to the court after almost a year out did show glimpses of his former self beating world number 11 David Goffin 6-3,6-4 to reach the quarter final show down with Spanish fifth seed Verdasco but for the second time this year Murray couldn’t match the Spaniard falling to 6-4, 6-4 defeat as Verdasco now faces Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the final four.
The 31 year old, three time grand Slam champion and Olympic gold medallist was playing his sixth tournament since returning to the sport after nearly a year out. After being forced to retire in his Wimbledon 2017 quarter final match, Murray went through a host of treatment on a hip injury hoping to avoid surgery and attempted to return for the Australian Open in early January. However, having suffered a repeat of the injury in his prior warm up games he had surgery in Melbourne within the first week of 2018.
From then he spent the next 6 months in rehab and recovery making his come back in June with Wimbledon marked as his First Grand Slam of the year, unfortunately he was forced to concede his match fitness wasn’t up to playing five set matches and withdrew. He has since made appearances at other events and venues and has worked his way up to 311 in the world after originally being named in the high 800’s and his defeat of 27 year old David Goffin who is ranked 11th in the world was his highest scalp so far on his road back to glory.