Andy Murray's potential meeting with Novak Djokovic halted with Geneva storm on brink of defeat

Monday, 20 May 2024 at 21:48
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Andy Murray was on the verge of defeat at the Geneva Open when a storm halted play and rainy conditions ended the day. The former World No.1 could meet his former rival, Novak Djokovic. But that seems unlikely with Yannick Hanfmann a set and a double break up.
Umpire Greg Allensworth sent them back to the changing rooms amid an impending storm. Gusts of wind sent snow like particles onto the court with white pollen sighted. Murray complained saying 'it's like it's snowing out here." Murray hit two double faults in succession as Hanfmann went 4-1 up. He grabbed a break in the first reeling off 12 points in a row to win it 7-5.
With the eyes of the tennis world looking at a potential clash with Novak Djokovic, the German is acting as a spoiler. Murray returned to clay for the first time in some years last week, but was defeated easily by Gregoire Barrere in his second round. As a result, Hanfmann who is. a tricky operator is a more bigger task.
Barring a spectacular revival from Murray, he is unlikely to mount a return charge and will not book a first meeting with Djokovic since the final of Doha back in 2017. Djokovic is top seed this week. He will play an ATP 250 for the first time in a number of years. Social media users quipped that given Murray's condition, he shouldn't take anything to chance and should withdraw over night. He is due to play Roland Garros next week and has just returned from an ankle ligament injury sustained at the Miami Open.

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