Former world number one Andy Murray made his comeback to competitive Tennis at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens after almost a year out with hip injury.
The Scot, however, ended up on the losing side as he was beaten 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 by Australian world number 21 Nick Krygios in their last 32 clash.
It was his first competitive match since losing at last year’s Wimbledon Open.
Krygios will now face another British player Kyle Edmund in the round of 16 as a reward for beating Murray for the first time in his sixth attempt
When asked afterwards about former British number one Murray, who is now ranked 156th, Krygios said: “It was great to see him back and see him healthy.”
Former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd also talked about his comeback on BBC. He said: “The expectations are going to rise on Andy Murray after this performance. He still has a bit of work to do, but for a first match back it was remarkable.
“The first set looked like a normal first set. He made a few errors and in the third he played well. It was an extraordinary performance considering he has been out for nearly a year.”
Former British number one Andrew Castle added: “Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will have taken note of this performance, and so will the rest of the tour. I suspect most thought that it was over for Andy Murray, but now I am very optimistic for the future. It’s fantastic that he’s back.
“I’m not sure how he’s going to get on in five sets at Wimbledon but I am so glad he’s back out there doing what he loves doing most.”
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