The Italian underdogs have deafeated the UK team of Laura Robson and Murray today at the Hopman Cup in Perth.
The doubles match was carried mostly by Francesca Schiavone, with Potito Starace lifting towards the end of the match to claim a 6-7, 7-6, 10-2 victory.
Both Murray and Robson struggled to deal with the Australian heat at the indoor tournament. The heat and humidity was extreme as Murray managed to overcome Starace in the singles earlier to level the meet at 1-1 after Robson was defeated by Schiavone. Despite the 7-5, 6-1 victory Murray said he was having difficulty breathing due to the conditions
“I didn’t feel very fit today. It was very hot and humid and I struggled a bit with my breathing. I felt ok but it will take a few days to get used to it.”
The heat was so intense that Robson started feeling sick in the second set. At one point she was treated courtside for feeling hungry and dizzy.