Murray ends season after Shenzhen quarter-final loss AFP, Beijing

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"When he had his opportunities, he played well", said Murray.

Experienced Spaniard Verdasco dominated the first set, but was left stunned after Nishioka came storming back to set up an unlikely Sunday showdown.

On the women's tour, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus beat last year's losing finalist Ashleigh Barty to reach her fourth WTA Tour final of the year at the Wuhan Open. Carried by this momentum, the Spaniard lost just four points in five service games in set number two and he broke Murray in the third game after a bad error at the net that sealed Andy's fate in this match.

Verdasco lost only seven points on serve in a one-sided opening set before the 22-year-old Japanese outsider warmed to the task, breaking twice in the second set and claiming the only mini-break of a final-set tie-break to go through.

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam title victor, will spend the winter working himself back to the sort of fitness levels that saw him capture nine titles in a stellar 2016 campaign.

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam title victor, will spend the winter working himself back to the sort of fitness levels that saw him capture nine titles in a stellar 2016 campaign, including his second Wimbledon crown and another Olympic gold.

Verdasco, who is now 3-13 against Murray after winning the last two, saved five of six break points and broke Murray's serve three times.

"I need to spend more time on the practice court and the gym so that I'm more robust and physically in better shape".

Now standing in between Verdasco and a place in Sunday's final will be qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka.

Alex de Minaur, the Australian 19-year-old, will meet Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the other semi-final.

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