Australian Open finalist Andy Murray's Dubai campaign came to a crashing halt with a second-round defeat against Janko Tipsarevic on Wednesday afternoon. Tipsarevic, the world number 39, beat Murray 7-6 4-6 6-4 in a tight, error-strewn contest where neither player seemed at the height of their ability.
This ATP 500 tournament boasts a very strong field for a 500-level tournament with 6 of the world top 10 featured in the draw.
Dubai 2009 was something of a disappointment for Murray as still struggling with the virus that had hindered him in the Australian Open, he was forced to withdraw before his quarterfinal match against Richard Gasquet.
Murray's quarter of the draw was reasonably interesting, with two players in Tipsarevic and Youzhny who have given him problems in the past. Murray was, unfortunately, unable to make it past the first of those two names.
Live Coverage: Betfair.com, EurosportMurray's decision to skip Marseilles means that he dropped one place from his post-Melbourne world ranking of 3 to 4. After the second round defeat to Tipsarevic, he will remain world no.4 for now.ATP Rankings (Feb 15)Dubai Tournament ProfileMurray's next tournament: Indian WellsGood luck Andy!