Andy Murray smashes racket and pushes camera out of his way in China Open loss

Andy Murray smashed his racket in frustration and appeared to pushed a camera out of the way following his defeat at the China Open.

The former world no1 crashed out at the first round stage in Beijing after a 6-3 5-7 7-6 (8-6) defeat Alex de Minaur.

Murray had been leading 5-2 in the deciding set but failed to capitalise on two match points.

In a tense tie break, de Minaur raced into a lead before the Scot hit back with four points to set up a third match point only to pass it up once again, dropping both of his serves to fall to defeat.

On a frustrating evening, the two-time Wimbledon champion was issued a code violation for smashing his racket on the ground after allowing his opponent to break his serve in the second set.

After shaking hands with his opponent following their contest, Murray appeared to pushed a TV camera out of his way as he sought to make a quick exit off the court.

Murray and de Minaur have met five times with the Australian winning each of those matches.

‘I think we probably both didn’t bring our best level today so it’s an absolutely scrap fest,’ de Minaur said.

‘But I’m happy I was able to get my first win, probably in a very, very long time, where I’ve saved some match points.t

‘More than anything, it’s probably down to my attitude. I kind of kept my head screwed on and just told myself to keep trying, keep trying and keep backing myself.

‘And eventually I was going to find my level, and I’m very happy I was able to turn that around.’

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