Andy Murray knocked out of Rafa Nadal Open in Mallorca

Ruben Hill
August 30, 2019

Early in the third set of his 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 defeat, Murray straightened up uncomfortably after a routine slice and then dropped to one knee on the court.

Andy Murray's winning run at the Rafa Nadal Open was halted by world No 240 Matteo Viola, who won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Andy played better behind the first serve but the second let him down, dropping serve five times from ten chances given to Viola and responding with five breaks from 11 chances, unable to steal the opponent's serve one more time before the tie break in the final set and hitting the exit door after first back-to-back triumphs since September previous year.

Murray added afterwards that he was "very tired" and said "physically, I need to get better". "I would have liked to have played more matches but it was good, I played two competitive matches". The three-time major victor will consider his defeat a setback as he builds up his match fitness after having a metal hip implanted in January in a bid to save his career. Murray started poorly in the third-set tiebreaker and double-faulted on match point.

The 32-year-old, now ranked 328th in the world, had a metal hip implanted in January and pulled out of the doubles at the ongoing US Open in order to concentrate on his singles comeback. The two-time champion at Wimbledon had lost in the first round both in Cincinnati and in Winston-Salem.

Murray is featuring on the Challenger Tour for the first time in 14 years.

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