Early exit at Eastbourne

Murray comes back down to earth with a bump

Andy Murray

Loss: Andy Murray.


Andy Murray came back down to earth after his heroics at Queen’s when he slumped to defeat in the first round of the men’s doubles at Eastbourne.

The former world No. 1 won his first title on Sunday five months after career-saving hip surgery when he partnered Feliciano Lopez to success.

However, a change in partner this week resulted in a change of fortune, his pairing with Marcelo Melo failing to reach the heights.

With Murray struggling with his serve, top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal eased to a 6-2 6-4 victory.

“They just played much better than us,” Murray said.

The 32-year-old Scot will now head to Wimbledon to begin his preparations for next week when he teams up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert. He also revealed he is “most likely” to compete in the mixed doubles as well, though his partner has yet to be confirmed.

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