Playing in his first tournament since his win at Wimbledon, Andy Murray was knocked out in the third round of the Rogers Cup.
The British star was defeated by Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-3, as noted by Sports Illustrated's Beyond the Baseline:
Bad day for Wimbledon champs: Andy Murray goes out to Ernests Gulbis 64 63. Solid play from Gulbis. A rather disinterested one from AM. #atp— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) August 8, 2013
While the tweet questions the effort of Murray, he still provided some solid play in the loss, especially with his serve. The No. 2 player in the world got 71 percent of his first serves in play and won 68 percent of those points; however, he struggled on his second serve, winning only five of 15 points. He also helped out his opponent with three double faults.
Additionally, Gulbis was very impressive himself and did not allow Murray to have much success in the return game. This is just another solid showing from the Latvian player, who already has one title this year and is looking for more.
Gulbis will move on to the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup where he will face the winner of Juan Martin del Potro and Milos Raonic.
Still, the big story is Murray, who is obviously not up to full strength after going over a month without competing. He defeated Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 in the second round after a bye, but he was unable to advance any further in this loaded tournament.
This hard-court event was supposed to be a warmup for the U.S. Open, which takes place later in the month. Murray is the defending champion at the fourth Grand Slam of the year, and he is looking to win again after his success at Wimbledon.
Unfortunately, this loss could be a big setback as he continues to get acclimated to the surface. He will try to do better at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati next week.
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