Tennis: Murray's new year starts with setback
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.