Murrays lose in Madrid
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:05
The match lasted less than an hour, with the French pair winning in straight sets, 6-4 6-3.
The Scottish duo had already saved one break point but their opponents made the most of chance number two in the 10th game – on the Andy Murray serve – to take the opening set. Another break of serve, in the fourth game of the second set, helped Clement and Llodra advance to the next round.
Andy will now focus on his singles challenge, which will begin against Italian Simone Bolelli, who beat Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7/4) 6-1.
After his bye in round one, Murray would probably have expected to face Spaniard Almagro, who he lost to in the third round of the French Open earlier this year, but instead it will be a first career meeting with Bolelli.
The encounter with the world number 43 will be Murray’s first ATP Tour match since he reached the US Open final and climbed to number four in the world.
Murray is in the same quarter of the draw as Andy Roddick, while Roger Federer is a potential semi-final opponent for the 21-year-old.