Andy Murray has decided to end the season early after defeat to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open, the BBC report.

The Scot, who was set to appear in the China Open in Beijing in October, lost 6-4 6-4 to Verdasco, who will now face Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the semi-final.

Things were looking good for the former world number one, after coming through a tough match with world number 11 David Goffin on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals.

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However, despite a positive performance against Goffin, Murray has endured a frustrating season in 2018, dropping to 311 in the world as a result of an ongoing hip problem which required surgery at the beginning of the year.

The 31-year-old, who has been victorious in three Grand Slams during his successful career, did appear at this years US Open, only for Verdasco to defeat Murray in the second round.