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Tennis: Murray's new year starts with setback

Published on Jan 2, 2014 6:23 AM
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Britain's Andy Murray reacts after losing a point against Germany's Florian Mayer during their tennis match in Qatar's ExxonMobil Open in Doha on Jan 1, 2014. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray warned of "bumps along the road" during his comeback from injury and his words proved prophetic as he began the new year with a stunning second-round loss in the Qatar Open. -- PHOTO: AFP

DOHA (AFP) - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray warned of "bumps along the road" during his comeback from injury and his words proved prophetic as he began the new year with a stunning second-round loss in the Qatar Open.

Murray led by a set and 3-0 and yet lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Florian Mayer, the world No. 40 from Germany, who seemed more surprised than anyone at how the contest turned around.

It was only Murray's second match on the tour after a back operation and a four-month absence, but for about an hour his lack of match practice had hardly seemed a problem as he took charge.

Then Mayer attacked more, Murray got tired, and everything changed.

 
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