Andy Murray fell to a first defeat since beginning his comeback in doubles within the most important spherical of the Nature Valley World at Eastbourne.
Murray and Brazilian Marcelo Melo lost 6-2 6-4 to Colombian top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal.
The Briton struggled on attend at Eastbourne, being broken three instances out of 4.
Murray had won the doubles alongside Feliciano Lopez at Queen’s closing week in his first tournament since hip surgical treatment.
They defeated Farah and Cabal within the most important spherical of that tournament however the Colombian pairing had been incessantly as a lot as bound at Devonshire Park.
Murray ‘in all likelihood’ to play mixed at Wimbledon
Murray will now head to Wimbledon, the build aside he will partner Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert within the males’s doubles.
After Tuesday’s defeat, he told BBC Sport that he turned into “in all likelihood” to additionally play mixed doubles at SW19 but is a puny obsessed with the wear and bound and bound on his physique.
The Scot, 32, had procedure he would possibly perchance perchance well no longer play again sooner than hip resurfacing in January left him “worry free”.
“I spoke to a pair of the doubles gamers the outdated couple of days about why they develop no longer incessantly play mixed and they factual acknowledged they’d some instances the build aside the climate has no longer incessantly been so appropriate,” he acknowledged.
“And on fable of doubles is right of 5 [sets], and likewise you play with the advantage scoring, you would possibly perchance perchance well perchance get backed up and cease up taking half in four suits in two days. I factual desire to be optimistic my physique’s ready for that. So I could chat to my group a bit about that and can be found to a resolution potentially by the cease of the next day, I’d imagine.”
Murray is yet to finalise a skill partner for the mixed, having been grew to turn out to be down by singles world #1 Ashleigh Barty and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.
He added: “I’ve spoken to a pair of the gamers the outdated couple of days about it, so there’s about a roughly lined up and I acknowledged I’d allow them to know within the next couple of days.”
First setback since return
Three-time Huge Slam singles champion Murray surpassed his hold expectations by winning the males’s doubles title at Queen’s alongside Lopez, but his partnership with Melo didn’t gel so effectively.
Murray turned into broken within the opening sport and although he and Melo straight introduced up four damage parts on Farah’s attend, the British-Brazilian pairing would possibly perchance perchance well no longer convert any of them. They’d perchance be their ideal damage parts of the match.
A Murray volley into the catch gave up one other damage and the Colombians comfortably wrapped up the placement.
The Briton turned into broken to like within the third sport of the 2nd location and although he held attend on the fourth strive, there turned into to be no comeback.
“They factual performed rather a lot better than us nowadays. They got off to a speedily originate and deserved to have interaction,” acknowledged Murray.
Farah and Cabal will play British pairing Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool within the quarter-finals.