- The Scot obliterated his racket in the second set as he lost to Alex de Minaur
- Epic came down to a third-set tiebreak and the Scot had a match point at 6-5
- But his Australian opponent won three points in a row to seal a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 win
He may be 36 but the fire burns as fiercely as ever inside Andy Murray.
The Scot obliterated his racket in the second set as he lost to Alex de Minaur in a nailbiting first round at the China Open.
The 24-year-old Australian battled his way to victory in a fifth career meeting between the pair, with De Minaur having won all five including in the first round at Queen’s earlier this year.
He took the first set courtesy of a single break in the second game of the match, but a succession of backhand errors in the second set gave Murray the chance to level the match.
The two-time Wimbledon champion showed his frustration and he was issued with a code violation for smashing his racket on the ground after allowing his opponent to break serve, but he recovered his composure to level at one set all.
Andy Murray obliterated his racket in the second set as he lost to Alex de Minaur
The two-time Wimbledon champion was simmering with rage after the defeat at China Open
Murray had two match points at 5-2 up in the deciding set, but De Minaur held serve before breaking the 36-year-old in the next game.
That eventually set up a tie-break, where the Australian raced into a 5-2 advantage.
Murray hit back with four straight points to set up his third match point, only to drop both of his serves and fall to defeat at the hands of De Minaur once again.