Andy Murray’s return at Queen’s was cut short by top seed and World No. 9 Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3 in the second round on Thursday.
Seeking his first grass Top 10 win in years, Murray had little answer for the Italian’s power game. Berrettini cracked 14 aces, lost just six points on first serve and broke Murray five times in the 85-minute affair.
“This was really hard. We all know who Andy is, he is a great player and he was always there even until the last point,” Berrettini said. “I’m really happy for my performance.
“I know how tough it is to come back from an injury, so I wish him the best of luck. I think he played great today. I played better. I am just happy that he is back.”
Murray hinted of a “niggle” with his groin and knows he still needs a lot of work.
“I played two sets in preparation for this event,” he said. “It’s not very much when you haven’t played matches since March. I do feel like I genuinely have been hitting the ball well in practice.
“But then like today, when you’re under a bit more pressure and stuff and having to make very split-second decisions when you’re on the court, if the guy is serving 140 miles an hour it’s difficult to prepare for that.
“My tennis today was not very good. That’s the thing that I’ll need to improve the most rather than, I think, the actual movement around the court.”
Berrettini now meets Dan Evans in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
Also today, Denis Shapovalov ousted former champion Feliciano Lopez and Frances Tiafoe topped Viktor Troicki. Those two will also meet in the quarters along with the all-Brit battle between Jack Draper and Cameron Norrie, and Alex De Minaur against Marin Cilic.
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