ANDY MURRAY crashed out of the French Open with the joint WORST Slam show of his profession.
Britain’s biggest tennis star was unusually quiet and uninspired as he misplaced 6-1 6-3 6-2 to Stan Wawrinka on a chilly night in Paris.
Andy Murray crashes out of French Open with joint-worst slam efficiency of his professionCredit score: Reuters
It was the primary time he had been crushed within the first spherical at Roland Garros since his debut look in 2006 and the variety of video games gained (six) have been the fewest at main degree since a defeat to Rafa Nadal six years in the past.
This primary-round match at Roland Garros was the primary time in eight years two Slam champions had met within the Final 128 of a significant.
It introduced again reminiscences of their final encounter right here three years in the past, a bruising, brutal encounter within the semi-finals. A loss that had big ramifications for the remainder of Murray’s profession.
It was throughout that match he severely aggravated and finally broken his hip, sending him on a two-year spiral, consisting of tears, darkish days, aborted comebacks, two surgical procedures and a steel hip implant.
For a person who grew up in Dunblane in Scotland, you’ll have thought Murray would have been used to the chilly climate.
But he arrived on the Courtroom Phillippe Chatrier carrying thick black leggings because of the autumnal climate that can turn into a big issue of this rescheduled clay-court Slam. That is actually not springtime in Paris.
But he had clearly forgotten his look ahead to this comeback match as he obtained a time violation for taking his time at the beginning.
The Brit misplaced 6-1 6-3 6-2 to Stan Wawrinka on a chilly night in ParisCredit score: Getty
Murray gained that opening service sport however then misplaced the following SIX video games in a row to lose the primary set inside 35 minutes.
This was a chastening expertise towards a participant who had had his personal damage hell lately.
Wawrinka broke within the sixth sport of the second set and managed to take a 2-0 lead with minimal fuss.
From Murray’s perspective, he was too quiet. There have been no shouts of encouragement, no fist pumping, no screaming. Nothing. Simply silence on court docket.
It was uncommon from a participant who usually spends matches moaning and complaining to his field in an try to fireside himself up.
Murray was on the again foot for more often than not, the drop shot was not an possibility that was working, and he misplaced the third set after an hour and 37 minutes.
Three-time main winner Wawrinka, 35, will now face German Dominik Koepfer within the second spherical.