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Sport Murray exits French Open at first round after losing to Wawrinka

00:01  28 september  2020
00:01  28 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Andy Murray is out of the French Open after losing 6- 1 , 6-3, 6-2 to Stan Wawrinka on a Murray , who came from two sets down to beat Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the US Open earlier this month, winked at a friend in Stan Wawrinka knocks racquets with Murray after his easy win in Paris.

Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray are scheduled to play in Round 1 , three years after they met in a French Open semifinal. Stan Wawrinka has a marquee matchup with Andy Murray in the first round of the French Open Alexander Zverev, the powerful German who lost to Thiem in the U.S

Andy Murray holding a racket on a court: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Roland Garros was so bleak on Sunday it felt like the zombie Grand Slam, and Andy Murray contributed a performance that was entirely in keeping.

The 33 year-old Scot went down to his equal heaviest defeat in a Major, against the same opponent who faced him on the same court on his last visit here.

That encounter in 2017 against Stan Wawrinka was a gruelling five-setter, this one was all over in an hour and 47 minutes and yielded just six games for Murray. That tally was on a par with what Rafael Nadal allowed him at the French Open six years ago.

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US Open champion Dominic Thiem was dealt a difficult hand in an exciting men's French Open draw, while Serena Williams was handed a tough Thiem finally ended his wait for a first major title in New York earlier this month, beating Alexander Zverev in a five-set epic after losing his prior three finals.

Johanna Konta will face the American prodigy Coco Gauff in the first round of the French Open while Andy Murray meets his old rival Stan Wawrinka . Konta, who shrugged off four consecutive first - round exits to finally come to terms with the French clay last summer, is in the same quarter as

In his post-operative state it is beginning to look like the law of diminishing returns at the Slams for the twice Wimbledon champion.

His 6-1 6-3 6-2 defeat to the burly Swiss comes on the back of him only managing nine games against young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round of the US Open.

Some mitigation can be offered for both results, although in Sunday's case that does not extend to the arctic cold and wind that made it feel like the autumn had fast-forwarded into winter.

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Murray will face Wawrinka at Roland Garros (Picture: Corbis via Getty). Andy Murray admitted he found his fiendishly difficult French Open first round draw against Stan Wawrinka – who also spent a long stretch on the sidelines as a result of the match as he struggled with a knee injury – went on to

When Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka were drawn to play each other in the first round of the 2020 French Open on Sunday What happened the last time they met at Roland Garros – three years ago in a brutal five-setter the Swiss won in four and a half hours before losing to Rafael Nadal in the final

'I need to have a long, hard think about it,' admitted Murray. 'It's not for me the sort of match I would just brush aside and not give any thought to. I don't feel like the conditions are an excuse for it.'

Former champion Mats Wilander, working for Eurosport, commented that it left him wondering why Murray was trying to come back: 'Does he have the right to be out there taking wildcards from young players?' asked the Swede. 'I think Andy Murray needs to stop thinking of himself and start thinking about who he was. I love the fact that he is back and trying. Hopefully he'll figure out why he's doing it.'

In New York the current world number 111 was still sore from an epic first round. Here the speed of the court and balls, or lack of it, suited his opponent perfectly.

Wawrinka, the 2015 Paris champion, has the power to barrel through any court, unlike the version of Murray we see at this late stage of his career.

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Andy Murray will return to French Open action in confident mood on Sunday as he continues to gain belief that he will be able to resurrect his top-level Murray , the three-time Grand Slam champion from Dunblane, will take on Stan Wawrinka in the final match of the day on Philippe-Chatrier – Roland

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a person hitting a ball with a racket on a court: Murray's lack of playing time was exposed by Wawrinka in the French Open first round © Provided by Daily Mail Murray's lack of playing time was exposed by Wawrinka in the French Open first round

Yet life was made easier for him by the dismal serving display the Swiss was up against, which was acknowledged by his opponent.

'It was cold and slow conditions, but it wasn't like particularly windy and it wasn't too bad,' conceded Murray. 'I also didn't play well. I served under 40% first serves in the court, which is just not good enough, really, against anyone, and especially someone as good as Stan. You want to be serving in the 60%, that sort of region.

'From there, that kind of allows whoever you're playing to dictate more of the points.'

While he will never be the extraordinary athlete that he was before the summer of 2017 he at least expects his hand skills to be somewhere near where they were.

It would not be a huge surprise if he were to start experimenting with equipment changes such as with his racket and strings to try and come up with a solution.

Dark clouds look at Ronald Garros during Murray's first round contest with the Swiss star © Provided by Daily Mail Dark clouds look at Ronald Garros during Murray's first round contest with the Swiss star

'There have been matches that I have played since I came back where I hit the ball well,' he reasoned. 'Alex Zverev was a couple of points away from winning the US Open, and I won against him the week beforehand. It's going to be difficult for me to play the same level as I did before, but I'll keep going.

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Andy Murray reached his first ever French Open final after beating defending champion Stan Wawrinka . French icon Cantona and Murray took a photograph with each other after the Scot's triumph in the semi-final. Murray earned his spot as the first male Roland Garros finalist from across

Tennis - Australian Open - First Round - Britain's Andy Murray © REUTERS / Edgar Su. Despite a plucky effort, British tennis great Andy Murray has exited the season's opening Grand Slam at the first - round stage of the Australian Open , losing to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets at

'Let's see what the next few months holds, I reckon I won't play a match like that between now and the end of the year. Probably the only positive of today is I will get more time to prepare for the indoor hard courts coming up.'

He plans to play as much as he can until November, starting with two events in Cologne next month. It was in such an environment that he beat Wawrinka last autumn to win the European Open, in stark contrast to last night.

There was also confirmation that he is prepared to go through the two-week quarantine period that the Australian Open has announced for anyone wishing to compete Down Under in January.

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