Murray goes down in ATP Challenger final

Top seed Andy Murray has been beaten in straight sets in the final of the ATP Challenger Tour tournament in northern Italy.

Former world No.1 Murray, who was unable to play at the Australian Open after testing positive for coronavirus last month, lost 6-2 6-4 in less than 90 minutes to Illya Marchenko

Three-time grand slam winner Murray, who had eased his way through four rounds to reach the decider in Biella, was broken twice in the first set as world No.212 Marchenko raced to a 4-1 lead before closing it out.

The Ukrainian broke once again in the first game of the second set and while Murray managed to save two match points there was no way back for the Scot.

Murray, who is ranked 125th in the world, was targeting his first tournament win on the Challenger Tour since 2005, when he was just 18.

It was his first appearance in a final in almost 18 months as he continues to work his way back up the rankings from the hip surgery which saved his career.

Murray, who had not played a competitive match since October when he arrived in Italy, last won a title since the 2019 European Open.

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