ANDY MURRAY was unable to claim a second ATP Tour victory in his comeback as he was beaten by Alex De Minaur at the Zhuhai Championships in China.
The former world No.1 won his first tour level match since before hip surgery in January against Tennys Sandgren in the opening round and there were plenty more encouraging signs in a gruelling battle with seventh seed De Minaur. After winning the opening set, Murray — now ranked 413rd — looked to be struggling physically as the young Australian fought back in the second.
However, he continued to move well in the 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 loss.
De Minaur will now take on fourth seed Borna Coric, who saw off Di Wu of China 6-3 6-3.
Meanwhile, top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is the world No.7, retired during his second-round clash, the Greek pulling out with illness after losing the second set to Adrian Mannarino.
■ BRITISH No.2 Dan Evans lost to Grigor Dimitrov in his Chengdu Open second-round match in China. Evans, in his first tournament since reaching the third round of the US Open, lost 7-5, 7-5 to the Bulgarian former world No.3.
Bad-boy Kyrgios hit with suspended ban
NICK KYRGIOS has been given a suspended 16-week ban by the ATP after his explosive second-round loss at last month’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The Australian was handed a record fine of £90,000 after he committed eight offences during his match with Karen Khachanov. The ban, along with a further fine of £20,000, will kick in if he commits a similar offence within six-months.