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A night of gloom for Murray and Strachan

Andy Murray BBCDefeat for Andy Murray and the national football team made it a black night for Scottish sport.

Murray suffered his earliest Grand Slam exit for five years as he lost his fourth-round tie against the big-serving 15th seed Kevin Anderson.

The South African won 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-0) in four hours and 18 minutes, denying Murray at least a quarter-final berth in a Grand Slam for the first time since 2010, a run of 18 tournaments.


Anderson will play Stan Wawrinka in the next round while Murray will now turn his attention to the Davis Cup match in Glasgow at the end of the month.

At Hampden Park, Scotland were close to securing at least a point against World Champions Germany which would have helped keep alive their slim hopes of reaching next year’s European Championships in France.

The 3-2 defeat came after the Scots twice equalised through a Hummels own goal and James McArthur. Two goals from Thomas Muller and a third by Ilkay Gundogan proved enough to hand victory to the visitors.

Scotland must now take at least four points from their two remaining games against Poland at home and Gibraltar away and hope that Ireland lose their two games against Germany and Poland.

Manager Gordon Strachan insists all is not lost. “They can be proud of their performances. We are still in this,” he said after the match.



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