A rusty Andy Murray suffered a straight-sets defeat to Richard Gasquet in his singles comeback on the Western & Southern Open.
The three-time Grand Slam champion was again in aggressive singles motion prior to anticipated in Cincinnati on Monday after taking a wild card, however Gasquet consigned him to a 6-4, 6-Four first-round defeat two weeks earlier than the U.S. Open.
Murray, enjoying his first singles match since present process hip resurfacing surgical procedure following the Australian Open seven months in the past, had a first-serve share of solely 54 and didn’t hit a groundstroke winner till the second set however confirmed flashes of his class.
Gasquet, who has had damage problems with his personal and underwent groin surgical procedure in January, made Murray run greater than he would have favored as he beat the Brit for the primary time in seven years to arrange a gathering with Dominic Thiem.
A nervy Murray began with a double fault and struggled with the ball toss as he shortly discovered himself 2-Zero down however received the following three video games to edge in entrance.
Frenchman Gasquet unleashed a rasping forehand to go a break up for the second time at 4-Three and tormented Murray with three beautiful drop photographs in the identical recreation, earlier than serving out the opening set to like.
Murray confirmed his frustration after failing to carry within the first recreation of the second and Gasquet labored the previous world No. 1 back and forth as he maintained his benefit, however there was heat applause for Murray when he drilled a cross-court winner on the run.
He was not getting a look-in on the superb Gasquet serve, although, and the world No. 56 continued to have success with the drop shot as he wrapped up the victory, leaving Murray to show his consideration again to enjoying doubles with Feliciano Lopez this week.