Andy Murray news: Scot crashes out in Dubai after straight-set loss to Jannik Sinner

The former world No.1 will have to wait for his 700th career win after failing to get past Italian youngster Jannik Sinner.

Murray started well in a tense first set, but failed to create any break points. The duo continued to hold their serves up until 5-5, when Sinner broke Murray and then held to win the opener 7-5.

The second set proved to be a lot easier for the 20-year-old, who broke Murray early on and carried his momentum to seal a 7-5 6-2 victory.

Sinner has enjoyed a stellar start to his career so far, with the Italian already climbing up to world No.10. But following the match's conclusion, he admitted to feeling some pre-game nerves.

"There were some nerves - I lost my last match against him. I tried to stay focused about my game and it worked.

"Thanks for the support as always. I think I played well, especially in the first set when it was tight in some moments."

Sinner also took a moment to praise his opponent, describing Murray as a "legend".

"It is a special feeling (to share the court with Murray)," Sinner said in his on-court interview.

"He is a legend. Winning three Grand Slams, many, many tournaments and he has had some unfortunate moments with surgeries. His fighting spirit is incredible."

After progressing to the quarter-finals, Sinner resumes his Dubai Open campaign on Wednesday when he takes on the tournament's fifth-seed, Hubert Hurkacz.

As for Murray, the current world No.89's top priority will be finding a new permanent coach. After splitting with long-term mentor Jamie Delgado ahead of the 2022 season, a number of failed trail periods has left the 34-year-old without any trainer.

With the 'Sunshine Double' of Indian Wells and Miami fast approaching, Murray will ideally want to have at least a temporary coach sorted before tackling more tournaments.

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