Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Murray unsure about Wimbledon after comeback defeat

Murray unsure about Wimbledon after comeback defeat

Australia's Nick Kyrgios shakes hands with Great Britain's Andy Murray.

It was 342 days since former world number one Murray last took to court in a competitive match, a Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Sam Querrey last July before he needed hip surgery in January.

As well as three-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic, there is also 2016 and 2017 SW19 runners-up Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic, along with 2014 Queen's victor Grigor Dimitrov.

Butterflies is how I get my nerves, I feel it a little bit in my legs.

The 31-year-old Scot could now be tempted to play in Eastbourne next week, but plans to see how he recovers before deciding whether to play at the All England Club, where he has twice won the Wimbledon title.

"I just want to play tennis. I asked if he is was okay at the end of the match and he was", Kyrgios said.

"Look, it's not the first nor the last match that I lost in my life. I am sure he is more motivated than ever". I'm very encouraging and playing someone you know and are good friends with is easier when you're coming back.

Injuries were to blame for most of the quadruple dropping down the standings as Djokovic and Murray especially have spent a substantial time on the sidelines.

"Today I thought I returned pretty well". It's been such a long time.

Novak Djokovic hopes a hiking trip with his wife Jelena can inspire him to get back to the top of the men's game.

"I've got bad and good things but I'm never going to change".

Frustrated by his failure to see off Kyrgios, he conceded he is still early in his attempt to return to peak form. It was a close decision.

"I have not been practising loads at all. I played tennis because I loved it and continued doing that throughout my whole career".

Aside from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it has been Cilic who has been the best performer at the biggest tournaments since the fall of Murray and Djokovic and he hopes to muscle in on the number one ranking.

"Physically I didn't feel awesome, started to exhausted at the end". He has been absent for longer than me.

"The hip seemed to (hold up)".

"Hopefully I'm not too sore in the hip after a match like today, and I also physically will have gained a lot from it, as well".

Questions quickly turned to Wimbledon which starts in less than two weeks.

In his first tour appearance in 11 months, Murray thrilled his home fans for much of the afternoon in his contest against Nick Kyrgios.

Murray had to save break points to level up at 3-3 and then fended off two match points at 4-5 as his incredible resilience shone through.

Murray, against an opponent he probably knows he has the better of mentally, cashed in to reel off four successive games and clinch the first set 6-2.

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