British No. 1 Andy Murray suffered a significant blow to his Race to London campaign in Shanghai, as he lost to fifth seed David Ferrer in three sets in their third round encounter.
Murray led Ferrer 6-2 in the opening set but was unable to maintain his momentum and lost the following two sets to crash out of the tournament he had won twice previously.
“He barely missed a ball for about a set and a half,” said Murray. “I couldn’t find a way around him. He played just great tennis, especially the last set and a half.
“[At] the beginning of the second set I still had a couple of opportunities there right at the beginning. But after that, I’ve got to give it to him, he played fantastically well and deserved to win.”
Murray is attempting to qualify for the Barclays World Tour Finals for the seventh straight year and was close to overtaking Milos Raonic in eighth spot had he defeated Ferrer. The Spaniard is now 35points behind Raonic in the Race to London.
When asked whether he would accept a wildcard into the ATP 500 level event in Valencia, Murray refused to offer a definitive answer.
“We’ll see over the next few days where I decide to go. Hopefully I can play well the last couple of tournaments, [to] try and make a push for London.”