Andy Murray’s hopes of winning a first tournament on British soil since 2016 ended in defeat in the Surbiton Trophy semi-final. Murray had not won at home since triumphing at the ATP Finals six years ago and the wait will go on after he lost 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to American Denis Kudla.
The Scot, who skipped the French Open so he could get in shape for the short grass season, made a good start against the big-serving American and took the first set. He had led 4-1 but was pegged back only to break at the crucial moment to take it 7-5.
The second set remains in service and decided by Tie-Break who is on the Kudla road, which is ranked 81th in the world.
Signs of warnings were there for Murray when he had to save five rest points in the second match of the deciding set, but he could not hold the old Kudla and the American broke out in 3-2 and continued to see the match without a match without a match without a match Without every sign of Murray’s response in windy conditions that make it difficult for both players.
Still, it was a good week of practice on the grass for Murray, who will head to Germany to play in the Stuttgart Open before returning to London to play at Queen’s in advance of another SW19 campaign.
“It’s tough to read too much into how I played,” said the former world No 1. “I competed pretty well for the first couple of sets, third set not as well as I would have liked.
“It was brutal conditions for both of us today, there was not loads of amazing tennis. We were using different skills out there and trying to find ways to put the ball in difficult positions for the opponent. Denis did a better job of that.
“I played some good matches this week. Today I’m not concerned about how I played. You can’t expect to play your best tennis when it’s like that. Overall it was good to get four matches, I would’ve liked to have won the tournament, but that wasn’t to be. I just want to keep improving week on week and match on match.”
In the women’s semifinals, Jodie Burrage British lost 6-3 6-4 from the second seed Belgium Alison van Uytvanck.
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