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Murray beaten by Roddick

Andy Murray was beaten by the recently retired Andy Roddick in the semi-finals of the Miami Tennis Cup exhibition tournament on Saturday night.

Roddick, who ended his professional career after the US Open earlier this year, was always on top against the world number three and won 6-2 6-3 to book a final showdown with Nicolas Almagro.

Spaniard Almagro advanced with a 6-3 6-4 win over American John Isner.

Murray will not, however, be too worried by the defeat. He is currently in pre-season training in Florida and used the event to get some basic match practice.

Roddick, who was playing to say farewell to the south Florida fans, said: "If we had gone three sets, I would've had a full body cramp and it would've been awkward for all of you. Andy was nice to me tonight.

"There's no comeback. I don't miss the travel at all.

"It's nice coming here and seeing familiar faces. I still enjoy hitting tennis balls, but I haven't lost that part of it. I haven't lost any of the innocent parts of tennis. I just do it in front of less people."

Murray added: "Andy hasn't hit that many balls the last few months. Maybe his timing was a little bit off, but he still hits the ball very well.

"It was only a few months ago he was making a decent run at the US Open."

The British star is next scheduled to play on December 27 when he takes on Janko Tipsarevic at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, another exhibition tournament, in Abu Dhabi.