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28 September 2020 18:30

The quickest grand-slam defeat of his career left Andy Murray with much to ponder in Paris last night.

The quickest grand-slam defeat of his career left Andy Murray with much to ponder in Paris last night. He was by no means the favourite in a tough French Open first-round draw against Stan Wawrinka, but winning only six games over the course of one hour and 37 minutes falls well below his standards even at this relatively early stage of his return to singles at major tournaments. In truth, there were no great expectations of Murray here. He did not play any events on clay during the build-up, and this gruelling surface is hardly conducive to the prospects of a man with a metal implant inserted into his right hip. Yet there was still something dispiriting about Murray's tame 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 defeat by

Crushed Andy Murray admits: I need a long, hard think