Cilic ends Murray’s longest winning streak
Andy Murray finally met his match in a remarkable year, losing the Cincinnati Masters final to the Croatian Marin Cilic.
The Scot’s 6-4 7-5 defeat brought an end to a 22-match unbeaten run, the longest of his career.
Murray was said to look weary after his Aegon Championships, Wimbledon and Olympic triumphs.
Cilic became the first player to beat the 29-year-old since he lost the French Open final to Novak Djokovic in June.
Murray who won the Cincinnati Masters in 2008 and 2011, said: “I’d like to congratulate Marin on his first Masters series – well done.
“I’d like to thank my team as well. It’s been a great run the last few months. I couldn’t get it done today but we’ll keep working to get better.”
Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber, squandered the chance to end Serena Williams’ 183-week reign as women’s world Number One by losing to the Czech player Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-1.