Wimbledon champion Andy Murray's 13-match winning streak came to an end at the hands of Ernest Gulbis at the Montreal Masters.  

The world number 38 Latvian won 6-4, 6-3 as Murray lost for the first time since May.

It's a defeat that shouldn't affect Murray too heavily, as he lost in the same round last year and still went on to win the US Open.  

However, this will be a major dent in his hopes of ending the year as world number one, especially with Novak Djokovic still in the tournament.

Murray was looking rusty throughout, and Gulbis who believes he should be within the world's top 10 was playing some lovely tennis. 

He did suffer a scare in the first set though when serving at 15-40 but after Murray netted a passing forehand, Gulbis braved a ferocious second serve to save the second break point. 

With Murray then serving at 4-5, Gulbis went up another gear and managed to get the crucial break of serve to take the opening set.

This seemingly rattled Murray, as the Wimbledon champion, playing in only his second match since winning at SW19, again lost his serve early in the second.  

However, it looked like a turnaround was on the cards, when Murray won the point of the match to break back. 

Murray was defiant as usual to stay in the point with some excellent defence, before hitting a passing backhand winner up the line to make it 3-4.

However, the British number one lost his serve again in the next game and Gulbis held his nerve to serve the match out with an ace.  

The Latvian will now face either Juan Martin Del Potro or Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals.

Murray meanwhile, will now be looking at next week's Cincinnati Masters, before he attempts to retain his US Open title.

 

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