Andy Murray's US Open preparations got off to an ignominious start as he crashed out of the Citi Open in Washington at the first hurdle.
The Scot went down 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7/4) to Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili, the world number 53, in their second-round clash in two hours and 42 minutes.
Murray served for the match at 5-4 in the decider, but was broken and then went on to lose the tie-break and with it his first match since helping Great Britain to a Davis Cup win over France.
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The world number three said on the ATP Tour website: "I normally back myself to return a little bit better than I did. I think in the tie-break I don't think I put one return in the court when he was serving. I feel like I didn't do a good enough job of putting enough first serve points in the court.
"It's obviously a disappointing match to lose, but it wasn't like I was blown off the court in a match that I had no chance of winning.
"I feel like I put myself in a position to win the match. It was the first hard-court match for four-and-a-half months with only four or five days of preparation, so I was happy with how I moved and did certain things on court.
"But there are some things for me to improve and hopefully with a few more days and having that match under my belt I'll be able to make some improvements for the next few weeks."