At the San Diego Open, Andy Murray loses in straight sets to Norway’s Casper Ruud, while Cameron Norrie beats Dan Evans in an all-British match to proceed to a match against Denis Shapovalov.
The former world No. 1 was allowed a wild card entry into the tournament as he continues his comeback from hip surgery and other problems, but he was defeated 7-5 6-4 by second seed Casper Ruud in an hour and 49 minutes.
Currently ranked 109th, Murray swept through the first round with a straight-set triumph over lucky loser Denis Kudla of the US.
The Norwegian, who earlier this year won four clay titles in Europe, afterwards lauded Murray for making a comeback, claiming he had played “at a high level” in their encounter.
“On the opposite side of the net from me was a legend of the game for the past decade or so, even what he’s done now for the past year, fighting his way back from very serious injury has been an inspiration for me,” Ruud said on ATP Tennis TV, according to reports on The Guardian.
“For the previous 10 or 15 years, he’s been an inspiration to watch on TV, the way he fights and always finds a way to never give up.”
“The way he plays has been amazing. It’s been an unfortunate couple of years for him but it’s great to see him back and I think he was playing at a high level today.”
Murray’s entry into Indian Wells
Murray, who reached the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open in Metz last week, has been given a wild card into the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells next week.
In their San Diego clash, Norrie came from behind in the first set to defeat Evans.
Norrie came back from a 5-2 deficit and saved two set points in the first set to win the duel of Britain’s top two players 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.
Norrie’s excellent record against eighth seed Evans was maintained. With Norrie also winning their only previous tour meeting in the first round of this year’s Australian Open.