Andy Murray’s Wimbledon comeback ended by straight-sets defeat

The Scot won back-to-back matches at the grand slam before Friday.

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Andy Murray’s Wimbledon comeback ended in the third round with a straight-sets defeat by Denis Shapovalov.

By winning back-to-back matches at a grand slam for the first time since his hip problems started in 2017, the two-time Wimbledon champion had Centre Court dreaming of home glories once again.

But 10th seed Shapovalov was a step up from Nikoloz Basilashvili and Oscar Otte, and Murray was comfortably beaten 6-4 6-2 6-2 to complete a miserable day for British players on Centre following Evans’ loss to Korda.

Speaking on Centre Court, Shapovalov paid tribute to Murray, saying: “What he’s done nobody’s ever done and he’s an inspiration to lots of people, including me.

“I’m just trying to soak it all in. To play a match like that on Centre Court, I don’t think I could play any better.

“I told him at the net that he’s my hero. Achievements aside, what he’s been able to do in the sport, to come back with an injury like this, play the tennis he’s playing. The second match, as I said, was vintage Andy.

“The first set we played today was super, super intense. I had to give it really, really my all. After that I was able to maintain my level and I thought he dropped a little bit. He’s just starting back up so it’s going to be amazing to see what he can do.”