Gasquet hinders Murray's singles comeback at Cincinnati Masters

  • Gasquet hinders Murray's singles comeback at Cincinnati Masters

Gasquet hinders Murray's singles comeback at Cincinnati Masters

Andy Murray lost his first singles match in months, falling in straight sets to Richard Gasquet in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Monday.

Gasquet will face 4 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in the second round.

The three-time Grand Slam champion broke down in tears at January's Australian Open, dreading his career might be over.

"I think with a few more weeks of practice and hopefully some more matches, then I could do better", said Murray, who nevertheless said after the match that he did not intend to play singles at the US Open.

Since Murray's return from injury, he has played five doubles competitions, including a winning run in Queen's with Lopez, and a much-talked-about mixed doubles campaign at Wimbledon alongside Serena Williams.

On his comeback, Murray continued: "I think I did OK".

"I think I did okay".

"I felt like I wanted to maybe try and get a couple of matches in before making a decision like that", he said.

Murray also said he will not play at the 2019 U.S. Open after falling to Gasquet in short order.

The 45 time ATP tour victor, had been offered a wildcard by the United States Tennis Association, but the three-time Grand Slam victor said: "We were hoping to hold a wildcard until nearer the time and see how it feels".

Gasquet ended a five-match losing streak to Murray, who moved cautiously and struggled with his serve during the match after working his way back from a second hip surgery in January.

Murray will decide over the next few days whether to play singles in Winston-Salem, in North Carolina next week.

"That's just me not running for a ball, which I did do that better at the end of the match".

"It will be exciting and interesting to see how I get on".

But 14th seed, Croatian Marin Čilić, fell to a 4-6, 6-7 defeat at the hands of Moldova's Radu Albot.

It wasn't to be for the 32-year-old, who went down 6-4 6-4, but he had some big-name support watching on. Kecmanovic is ranked 58th in the world, while Auger-Aliassime is 21st.

Murray and Skupski took the second 6-2 and then held their nerve in the decider to claim a 6-7 (3) 6-2 10-8 win and set up a last-16 clash with Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

USA wild card Sam Querrey booked a second-round date with top seed Novak Djokovic, defeating France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/1).

"I am obviously happy to be back playing", he said.

The other member of the Big Three, Rafael Nadal, withdrew from the Masters event, citing fatigue after he won the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday.