Andy Murray’s comeback to tennis hit the wall on Thursday on the Queen’s club grass as the Scot lost 6-3, 6-3 in the second round to Matteo Berrettini.
The Italian top seed who owns a grass title from Stuttgart two years ago, showed the Scot that there is still some way to go in a return effort after several sporadic seasons following two hip operations.
While five-time tournament champion Murray was unable to progress, compatriot Dan Evans flew the flag for Britain, defeating France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-4 7-6(7) .
WIth locals Jack Draper and Cam Norrie to face off later, Brit will fill three quarter-final places here for the first time since 1996 (Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Mark Petchey).
Berrettini finished in 85 minutes with 14 aces and three breaks of the Murray serve.
“It was a really hard match,” the Roman winner said, “Everyone knows Andy is a big champion and a great player. I’m happy with my performance.
“We all know how tough it is to come back from an energy,” said the 25-year-old who missed two months this season with abdominal muscle problems.
“Andy played his best today, but I was better. I’m happy he is back. We all train hard, play all over the world and struggle to stay fit. “
Berrettini faces Evans on Friday in the bid for a semi-final place.
Main photo:- Matteo Berrettini beat Andy Murray at Queens © LTA.org.uk