Andy Murray loses to Nick Kyrgios at Queen’s to raise doubts about his fitness for Wimbledon

ANDY MURRAY ran out of gas on his comeback to tennis.

And his 2-6 7-6 7-5 defeat by Nick Kyrgios raises serious doubts about whether Murray will be in good enough shape to play best-of-five-set matches at Wimbledon in less than a fortnight.

 Andy Murray started brightly but could not keep up the pace in his comeback match

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Andy Murray started brightly but could not keep up the pace in his comeback match

There was no questioning Murray’s heart as he fought hard to make a winning return after 342 days out of competitive sport.

But his body seemed to fail him from the second set onwards and he could not stop Kyrgios claiming his first victory in six attempts.

Murray, 31, saved two match points but a double fault on the third ended the contest on a low-key note which neither he nor it deserved.

The Scot was solid while Kyrgios was spectacular in the early stages.

 Andy Murray lost on his competitive return and must now focus on Wimbledon

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Andy Murray lost on his competitive return and must now focus on Wimbledon
 Nick Kyrgios out the Scot to the sword after losing the first set

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Nick Kyrgios out the Scot to the sword after losing the first set

But the Aussie lost the plot after failing to take two break points in the fifth game.

Kyrgios hit ridiculous second serves of more than 130mph on his way to dropping serve in the following game.

He did the same in the eighth to drop the set in 41 minutes.

Murray played his first poor game at the start of the second set, broke back and then was broken again as the quality dropped on both sides of the net.

And there were worrying hints of a limp from the Scot as Kyrgios held for a 4-2 lead after saving three break points.

But the Aussie lost his serve from 40/15 up, Murray levelled at 4-4 and the end seemed nigh.

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 Nick Kyrgios came through in three sets at Queen's

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Nick Kyrgios came through in three sets at Queen's

Kygrios defied expectations just by forcing a tiebreak. He increased them by winning it, 7-4.

The world No 21 had chances to move a break ahead in the second game of the decider as Murray’s physical condition deteriorated.

But the Scot’s sheer will to win was in full working order as he dug his way out the tricky situation and others that followed.

By now Kyrgios, too, was struggling physically.

But he held two match points in the 10th game, only to lose both.

Murray had a break point in the next game but could not take it. And he double faulted on the third to gift Kyrgios a victory which he had fought so hard to deny him.

ANDY MURRAY ran out of gas on his comeback to tennis.