No title treble as listless Murray dumped
Andy Murray's title defence at the ATP Montreal Masters collapsed on Tuesday as the off-form Scot was crushed 6-3, 6-1 in his opening match by South African Kevin Anderson.sports Updated: Aug 10, 2011 08:25 IST
Andy Murray's title defence at the ATP Montreal Masters collapsed on Tuesday as the off-form Scot was crushed 6-3, 6-1 in his opening match by South African Kevin Anderson.
The two-time defending champion was bundled out in 69 minutes in his second-round start.
While Murray's Montreal campaign ended abruptly, top-seeded Novak Djokovic couldn't even get his going as rain rolled into the city in the early evening and eventually forced the postponement of Djokovic's scheduled second-round opener against Russian Nikolay Davydenko.
More poor weather was predicted for the area on Wednesday, when second seed Rafael Nadal and two-time Canadian winner Roger Federer are both due on court for their first matches in the US Open tuneup.
When he does get on court -- now scheduled for Wednesday -- Djokovic will be playing his first match as a reigning world number one.
He has ascended the rankings summit with a stellar season in which he boasts a 48-1 win-loss record with eight titles.
He and former top-five regular Davydenko have not played since 2009.
Djokovic won the Canadian trophy in 2007 and has never lost in Canada prior to the quarter-finals with a 12- record in the country.
Before the storms rolled in, Frenchman Richard Gasquet produced a repeat of his July Davis Cup victory over Florian Mayer as he defeated the German 6-3, 6-2.
A month ago, the 10th-seeded Gasquet won their Davis Cup encounter in Stuttgart after the 23rd-ranked Mayer served for the match at 5-4 in the fifth set.
German Philipp Petzschner defeated French ninth seed Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-2 while Michael Llodra of France notched an upset victory over Russian 11th seed Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).
Murray, who had hoped to kick-start his summer after several weeks of gruelling preparation in Miami, remained baffled by his failure to fire when it mattered against Anderson.
"I just felt very slow, the game seemed to be going so fast," he said. "It's happened to me already once this year.
"I've trained really hard to get ready for the tournament. I've always played very well here.
"Today I couldn't get anything going. I started both sets really, really badly which doesn't help against someone that serves like Kevin.
"I was down a break early. I didn't get anything going at all.
"It's normal to be a little bit, sort of like nervous and not play your best when you haven't played for four or five weeks," he said.
"But I hoped to be playing better than that, especially with the amount I've been practicing.
First Published: Aug 10, 2011 08:23 IST