After losing at the San Diego Open, Andy Murray praised Casper Ruud as a “inspiration.”

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After losing at the San Diego Open, Andy Murray praised Casper Ruud as a “inspiration.”

Despite falling in the last-16 of the San Diego Open against Casper Ruud, the Norwegian had nothing but love for Andy Murray, who is continuing his recovery.

Casper Ruud hailed Andy Murray as a “inspiration” after the former British number one was defeated. Murray was defeated in the round of 16 at the San Diego Open by Ruud 7-5 6-4 in an hour and 49 minutes.

As he recovers from hip surgery and other problems, the three-time Grand Slam champion was given a wildcard admission for the west coast competition.

Murray battled his way through the first round, defeating Denis Kudla in straight sets and racking up nine aces.

The 34-year-old, on the other hand, met his match in Ruud, who continued his excellent improvement with a win in San Diego.

Ruud, who won his only Laver Cup match against Reilly Opelka last Friday, has won four clay tournaments in Europe this year.

Despite defeating Murray in San Diego, the Norwegian commended Murray’s perseverance as he prepares to make another comeback after such adversity.

In his post-match interview on the court, Ruud remarked, “On the opposite side of the net from me was a legend of the game for the past decade or so, even what he’s done now for the past year, fighting his way back from a really bad injury has been an inspiration for me.”

“For the past 10 or 15 years, he’s been an inspiration to watch on TV because of the way he battles and never gives up.”

“His playing style is fantastic.

“He’s had a rough couple of years, but it’s nice to see him back, and I believe he was playing at a good level today.”

Murray’s return will continue next week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where he was given another wild card.

Meanwhile, Ruud will play ninth seed Lorenzo Sonego in the San Diego Open quarter-finals on Friday night, after the Italian overcame American Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-3.

Cam Norrie, the top-ranked male player in the United Kingdom, defeated Dan Evans in straight sets in another match.

Norrie advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory after rallying from 5-2 behind and saved two set chances in the opener.

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