Britain’s Andy Murray was knocked out within the second spherical of the European Open in Antwerp by world quantity 14 Diego Schwartzman.
The Argentine, 29, got here from 4-1 behind to take the primary set earlier than successful a good battle within the second to undergo 6-4 7-6 (8-6).
Murray fought again from 4-2 down within the second set to drive a tie-break.
Momentum fluctuated within the breaker, with Murray saving one match level earlier than Schwartzman edged residence.
Murray – who gained this occasion in 2019 simply 9 months after pioneering hip resurfacing surgical procedure – edged previous Frances Tiafoe in an exciting first-round match to arrange a first-time assembly with Schwartzman.
The Argentine was stuffed with respect for Murray in his post-match feedback.
“It was a pleasure to play in opposition to Andy,” stated Schwartzman, who reached back-to-back finals in Antwerp in 2016 and 2017.
“We had not performed earlier than and he’s coming again and each week he’s enjoying higher and shifting higher.
“I’ve numerous respect as a result of after I grew up enjoying tennis, I used to be watching Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic and proper now, enjoying in opposition to him is a pleasure for me.”