- 18-year-old Borna Coric beats Andy Murray in straight sets in Dubai quarter-final
- It is only the teenager's second career victory over a top-10 player after earlier win over Nadal
- Murray, without his coach Amelie Mauresmo in Dubai, is full of praise for his vanquisher
(CNN)Inked on Croatian teenager Borna Coric's arm are the words: "There's nothing worse in life than being ordinary."
Andy Murray got a taste of the 18-year-old Coric's pursuit of the extraordinary as the Croatian pulled off one of the biggest upsets of his nascent tennis career with a straight sets victory over the world No. 3.
Few had given Coric much chance of winning the pair's quarterfinal contest at the Dubai Championships, his last victory against a top-10 ranked player dating back to a historic win over Rafael Nadal at the end of 2014.
Luck had played a part in Coric's path to the last eight after he had initially lost to 350th-ranked Fabrice Martin in qualifying and he only snuck into the tournament by virtue of a lucky-loser berth.
But in a thoroughly one-sided quarterfinal contest, the teen served up a 6-1, 6-3 victory as Murray struggled to make inroads with 55 unforced errors.
Runner-up at the Australian Open last month, Murray mustered just 38 points in the 80-minute match.
The Briton was in Dubai without coach Amelie Mauresmo and had previously admitted to struggling to find playing partners.