Andy Murray started temporarily but grew as the day improved as Andy Murray loses to Richard Gasquet on his return to singles play at the Cincinnati Masters on Mon.
Murray, in his first match since Jan and hip resurfacing operation, played well at times but was revealed by Gasquet to start both sets in the 6-4 6-4 defeat.
He stated later he would not play singles in the U.S. Open, which starts in 2-weeks, ATP Tour announced on Twitter.
Murray, 32, moved carefully to start Monday’s match, usually opting to play the safe shot.
The Frenchman dominated play from the 1st serve, pushing Murray from side to side and front to back as he joined in drop shots with backhand drives.
Still, Murray had to find the belief that he can change, drawing a fist when he played well.
The Scot arrived on centre court to happiness, making a video of the moment as he offered a big smile.
A Scottish flag waved in the crowd.
But the 1st serve was far from what Murray and the people wanted.
A 2-time winner of the tournament, a sensitive Murray double-faulted and was broken in the opening game.
Gasquet, who turned himself in May from crotch problems, held to go up 2-0.
Murray then seemed to find himself. The Briton, moving better, won 3-back-to-back games, including a break of serve, to go-ahead 3-2.
Gasquet won the next 3-games to move ahead 5-3 and into place to win the opener.
Murray held the set ere Gasquet closed out. Andy Murray loses to Richard Gasquet
The second set began with Murray once again becoming broken, but he played much better.
He had a breakpoint to take back on serve at 2-2. But Gasquet never let go of his first break and eventually went up 4-2.
Beginning Marin Cilic of Croatia became the 1st seed to befall when the 14th was eliminated by Radu Albot of Moldova 6-4,7-6(6) and Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic defeated Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime 6-3 6-3.
World number-2Rafael Nadal, the second seed, withdrew overnight, citing fatigue after winning his fifth Rogers Cup title on Sunday.