Murray falls to Gasquet after long singles layoff

Andy Murray leaves the court after losing to Richard Gasquet in his comeback to singles

Andy Murray leaves the court after losing to Richard Gasquet in his comeback to singles

Andy Murray's hopes of playing singles at the US Open are over after his first round defeat at the Cincinnati Masters to Richard Gasquet.

However, warming to his task, he fought back to lead 3-2 before Gasquet, employing a series of drop shots as he moved the Briton around the court, turned the screw to take the first set 6-4.

"I think I did OK", Murray is quoted as saying by the ATP Tour's official website.

Following his first singles match since hip surgery, Andy Murray has confirmed he will not play singles at the forthcoming US Open.

"I think physically, you know, my legs were a little bit heavy at the end of the match in comparison to maybe what they normally would be if you played a bunch", he said.

Gasquet was a tough opponent for Murray, last week in Montreal he played some good matches.

A two time victor of the tournament, Murray double-faulted and Frenchman Gasquet, who returned himself in May from groin problems, was quickly 2-0 up.

After the match, the three-time grand slam victor admitted that he had needed more time to consider playing singles at the final major of the year, which starts in NY later this month, but was unable to delay his decision to accept a wild card offered by the United States Tennis Association.

A men's doubles title at Queen's was followed by a return to Wimbledon in the doubles and a pairing alongside brother Jamie Murray at the Citi Open earlier this month.

Murray was on a five-match winning streak against Richard Gasquet, but now his winning streak has been snapped.

"But I feel a bit disappointed, I feel like I can do better and there are a lot of things I can work and I will go away and I will go away and do that and be hopefully better next time".

"That's just me not running for a ball, which I did do that better at the end of the match".

The second set began with Murray once again getting broken, but he played much better.

There is a possibility Murray will play at the Winston-Salem Open this week before the US Open.

In other first-round action at Cincinnati, Moldova's Radu Albot upset 14th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Murray and Skupski took the second 6-2 and then held their nerve in the decider to claim a 6-7 (3) 6-2 10-8 win and set up a last-16 clash with Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

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