Andy Murray loses his first match of 2023 against American Sebastian Korda at the Adelaide International… as the three-time Grand Slam winner suffers a setback in his preparations for the Australian Open
- Andy Murray lost his first match in 2023 to Sebastian Korda
- Murray started his season at the Adelaide International, but lost in straight sets
- Murray’s withdrawal comes less than two weeks before the start of the Australian Open
Andy Murray made an unhappy start to 2023 with a straight-set loss to Sebastian Korda at the Adelaide International.
Korda, who at 22 is 13 years younger than Murray, won their only previous meeting at the 2022 Gijon Open.
The 6ft 5in American, ranked 33rd in the world and 16 places higher than the British number four, repeated that feat with a 7-6 (3) 6-3 victory in an hour and 56 minutes.
Andy Murray lost his first match of 2023, losing in straight sets to Sebastian Korda
Korda came in two hard-fought sets against Murray at the Adelaide International
The first set went on serve until Korda broke in the seventh game to lead 4-3.
Three-time grand slam champion Murray immediately recovered to set up a tie-break led by Korda.
Korda’s double break gave him a 4-1 lead and, although Murray saved a set point, the American closed out the first set in one hour and 16 minutes.
The second set followed a similar pattern holding serve until Korda took a 4-2 lead.
Murray had a break point in the next game, but was unable to capitalize and Korda served to earn a second-round date with Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.
Murray has less than two weeks to get things going at the Australian Open