Andy Murray hit a Wimbledon low point with his worst-ever finish as the Scot pondered what went wrong in a second-round schooling from John Isner.
The two-time champion and former world No. 1 was eliminated 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-4 by his huge-serving American opponent against whom he had not lost in nine previous meetings.
Murray’s exit serves as the low point of his 14 appearances dating back a dozen years at his home major.
The 35-year-old who has undergone half a decade of hips surgeries and associated recovery and rehab, is now plotting his next moves but will plough ahead regardless.
“I really want to try and improve my ranking to a level where I’m getting seeded in Slams,” the Stuttgart finalist on grass against Matteo Berrettini in Stuttgart said.
“I want to put myself in a position hopefully come the US Open. If not the US Open, then going into the Australian Open next year where I’m seeded again,” the No. 52 said.
“That means I’ll need to be out there competing and winning matches because it does make things trickier.
“I came into Wimbledon feeling like I could have a deep run. If you’re playing against top guys (as an unseeded player) right at the beginning of the event, it is obviously a little bit more challenging.”
“That’s what my goals are between now and the US Open.”