Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts after he lost a point against Borna Coric of Croatia during a quarter final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Andy Murray, the former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion who has this week risen to world No. 3, suffered one of the most remarkable defeats of his career when he was outplayed 6-1, 6-3 by Borna Coric, an 18-year-old Croatian who only gained entry to the main draw of the Dubai Open as a lucky loser.Murray was a long way below his best but Coric did enough, with his consistent containing, counterattacking and excellent focus, to become the youngest player to reach the semifinals of the 23-year-old tournament and to justify some of the accolades which are starting to come his way.Murray served a double fault and missed with two routine backhand drives – usually his most reliable stroke – to drop serve in the third game, and never looked like breaking back.
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