COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Andy Murray suffered one other first-round elimination Tuesday, this time on the Cologne Indoors by the hands of out-of-form veteran Fernando Verdasco.
Verdasco exploited Murray’s fragile serve to win 6-4, 6-Four in a match which completed after midnight German time. Verdasco, at 36 one of many few gamers older than the 33-year-old Murray within the event, broke Murray’s serve 4 occasions — as soon as to like and thrice to 15.
Murray misplaced within the second spherical of the U.S. Open and within the first spherical of the French Open. He used wild playing cards for each of these Grand Slam tournaments and once more in Cologne for his first loss on an indoor laborious courtroom because the 2015 tour finals.
Verdasco ended a four-match dropping run going again to January within the Australian Open. It was the Spanish participant’s second match because the tour resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, his first being a one-sided loss to Damir Dzumhur in qualifying for the Rome Masters final month.
Verdasco will tackle top-seeded Alexander Zverev within the second spherical after the German participant had a bye within the first spherical.
Eighth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic needed to dig deep to keep away from a first-round elimination as he beat Marcos Giron 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Giron had misplaced in qualifying and was a late substitute after Cilic’s preliminary opponent Ricardas Berankis withdrew.
Cilic subsequent performs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina after the Spanish participant gained 7-5, 6-Four towards Finnish qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori.
One other British participant was eradicated as Kyle Edmund misplaced a good match 7-5, 7-6 (1) to big-serving South African Lloyd Harris, who hit eight aces. Harris’ reward is a second-round match with U.S. participant Steve Johnson.
The second-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut will tackle Gilles Simon within the second spherical after the veteran French participant swept previous Marton Fucsovics 6-0, 6-3. Bautista Agut has a first-round bye.
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