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Murray beaten by Kyrgios in straight sets at Hopman Cup

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Australia Green’s Nick Kyrgios returns to Britain’s Andy Murray in their men’s singles match at the Hopman Cup in Perth yesterday.

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Andy Murray’s preparations for this month’s Australian Open suffered a setback yesterday when the world No. 2 went down in straight sets to local favorite Nick Kyrgios at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Murray, who led Britain to their first Davis Cup triumph in 79 years a little more than a month ago, stormed past France’s Kenny de Schepper in his opening match of the mixed-teams event on Monday, but did not seem to be at 100 percent against Kyrgios.

The 20-year-old Australian, ranked 30th in the world, had never won his previous four meetings against Murray, including three losses in Grand Slams last year.

However, he salvaged some pride with a 6-4 7-6 (7/5) win yesterday to give his team, Australia Green, a 1-0 lead against opponents Britain.

“I did promise a few of my friends that next time I played Murray I would beat him, and there you go,” Kyrgios said in a courtside interview after his win.

“I have improved a lot. I have put a lot of hard work in over the off-season and it has paid off,” he added.

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