Australian Open 2022: Andy Murray defeated in straight sets in second round
Andy Murray exited the Australian Open in the second round earlier today.
The British tennis player lost to Taro Daniel in Melbourne in straight sets.
Muray had won his first-round match 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 against Nikoloz Basilashvili on Tuesday.
However, the five-setter against the Georgian drained the Briton’s tank.
He seemed sluggish and tired in his straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-4) defeat today.
Daniel will play the winner of the Steve Johnson (USA) and Jannik Sinner (Italy) tie in the next round.
Murray flatters to deceive in Australia
The 34-year-old British tennis ace is a former World No 1.
Murray overcame that tedious process to make his return to tennis last year.
He reached the finals of the Sydney Classic last week, raising hopes of a good outing in Melbourne.
However, professional tennis at the elite level can be unforgiving.
Despite retaining his reflexes, Murray is currently a few yards behind on his endurance game.
Big chance for Nadal to race ahead
One of Murray’s big rivals from yesteryear is Spanish ace Rafael Nadal.
The World No 6 has not put a foot wrong in Melbourne this year.
He won his first game 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 against Marcos Giron.
In the second round, Nadal demolished Yannick Hanfmann 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.
All three tennis stalwarts are tied on 20 Grand Slams apiece at the moment.