Valiant Murray falls to Gasquet in singles comeback
Andy Murray made a comeback in singles at the Western and Southern - but it was a losing effort as he went down in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 to Richard Gasquet.
It took Gasquet one hour and 36 minutes to round off his win - his first in seven years against the Brit, and his fourth in 12 meetings.
The three-time Grand Slam champion looked tentative from the off, double-faulting on his serve to give the Frenchman a head start.
Andy Murray of Great Britain levaes the court after losing to Richard Gasquet of France during Day 3 of the Western and Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 12, 2019 in Mason, OhioGetty Images
But he fought bravely, and looked to be moving reasonably well after the hip surgery he underwent at the start of the year, which threatened to end his career.
Since recovering from the operation, he has competed in doubles, winning Queen's with Feliciano Lopez, whom he will partner this week, who was in his player box today alongside Nick Kyrgios.
Gasquet moves into the second round to face fourth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria.