Gasquet prevails in Murray's return to singles play

Valiant Murray falls to Gasquet in singles comeback

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said he "did OK" in his first singles match in seven months - a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday.

Gasquet used a series of drop shots to take the first set and was also helped when Murray lost his service in the opening game.

Murray hadn't played a singles match since a five-set first-round exit at the Australian Open, where he tearfully acknowledged he feared his career was over.

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

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

"I think nine to 12 months after the operation is when I would expect to be getting close to the best that I can be physically - and speed wise I should be fully recovered by 12 months". It was Murray's first competitive singles round since January 14.

The U.S. Open's wild-card timing led Murray to decide against playing in NY.

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

The 32-year-old admitted just last month that he wasn't sure whether he would be able to play competitive singles matches for maybe another year. "I think there were a lot of things I would like to have done better in the match, but you also have to be somewhat realistic, in terms of what you can expect", Murray said after the match, satisfied with his overall performance.

The 45 time ATP tour victor, had been offered a wildcard by the United States Tennis Association, but the three-time Grand Slam victor said: "We were hoping to hold a wildcard until nearer the time and see how it feels". He did not play a match until early May in Madrid.

"It will be exciting and interesting to see how I get on", Murray concluded.

Next up for Kyrgios is a first career meeting with eighth seed Karen Khachanov in the second round on Wednesday.

American Sam Querrey and Japan's Yodhihito Nishioka were also winners, Querrey outlasting France's Pierre-Hughues Herbert 7-6 (2) 7-6 (1) and Nishioka defeated Australian Jordan Thompson 7-5 5-7 6-4.

Marin Cilic, the men's 14th seed, was beaten by 39th-ranked Radu Albot 6-4, 7-6 (6).

World number two Rafa Nadal, the second seed, withdrew overnight, citing fatigue after winning his fifth Rogers Cup title on Sunday.



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