Slammers consign Aces to rare defeat

Andy Murray featured strongly as the Singapore Slammers completed an impressive 27-16 victory over the Indian Aces in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) on Wednesday.

The Aces slipped to their first defeat in five matches, though they remain top of the standings, with the Slammers in second place on the back of four consecutive victories.

The Aces were in trouble from the get-go after Fabrice Santoro had to withdraw from the legends singles match through illness, handing the Slammers a 6-0 victory.

Agnieszka Radwanska started the fightback by beating Belinda Bencic 6-3, but Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig blew their lead in the mixed doubles and ended up going down 6-5 (7-5) to Karolina Pliskova and Dustin Brown in a shoot-out.

Something special was required from the Aces in the final two matches, but Murray had other ideas.

He first teamed up with Marcelo Melo to secure a 6-4 victory over Dodig and Rohan Bopanna in the men's doubles, and then returned to the court to make sure of the victory by beating Bernard Tomic 6-1 in the men's singles.

Murray was leading 5-1 when he was subbed off for Nick Kyrgios, who quickly wrapped up the win.

As things stand, the Aces and Slammers are looking likely to meet once again in Sunday's IPTL final, though Murray will not take part, as he is due to be replaced by Stan Wawrinka for the final leg of this season's competition.