Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu lose in Wimbledon second round, while Murray unsure if he will play again at SW19

The recurring cries of “Come on, Andy!” center court meandered somewhere along the continuum from pushing to pleading as two-time champion Andy Murray’s shortest stay at Wimbledon drew to a close.

Unable to overcome John Isner’s big serve as he has always done in the past, Murray lost in the second round to the 20th-seeded American 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (7/3). ), 6-4 at the All England Club, ending a disappointing afternoon and evening at the main stadium of the Grand Slam tournament on grass for locals.

Prior to Murray vs. Isner, the host nation’s other leading player, reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu, was eliminated by France’s Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3.

When asked if he plans to come back in a year, Murray, 35, replied: “It depends on how I am physically. If I feel good physically, we will try to keep playing.

Murray had to undergo multiple surgeries on his hip and now has an artificial joint. He also recently had to deal with a stomach problem that hindered his preparations last week.

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As well as becoming the first British men’s singles title winner in 77 years at Wimbledon in 77 years when he claimed the trophy in 2013 – and added another in 2016 – Murray had always managed to finish at least third. round in his 13 previous appearances. He lost that early twice, on his debut in 2005 and in 2021.

“It’s no secret that I’m definitely not a better tennis player than Andy Murray. I might have been just a little better than him today,” said Isner, 37, who won the longest game in tennis history by a 70-68 tie in the tie. fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010 and reached the semi-finals there in 2018.

“It was an incredible honor to play him on this pitch, in front of this crowd.

Murray can still make sharp, clean bases and he racked up just 13 unforced errors to 39 winners against the 6-foot-10 (2.08-meter) Isner.

And Murray can still return about as well as anyone, often getting a service of over 210 km/h back over the net.

But he couldn’t do that enough: Isner hit 36 ​​aces — four away from Ivo Karlovic’s total of 13,728, a record since the ATP began tracking that stat in 1991 — and delivered another 60 unreturned serves over the nearly three and one Half hours.

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Murray, who went into the day 8-0 against Isner, only managed to take two break points. Both came after about a dozen minutes of play, right after Isner broke to lead 2-1 in the opening set.

Isner cleared out the first with a drop volley winner, part of a great display of deft touch-up at the net, where he won the point on 43 of 61 trips forward.

“This is why I still play,” Isner said. “This is why I work hard.”

When Murray’s second break chance arrived moments later, Isner came out of the game like this: 206 km/h ace, 203 km/h ace, 216 km/h service winner.

Murray made it interesting by taking the tiebreaker in the third set, celebrating by jumping around and screaming and pumping his right fist as the crowd stood up and howled.

But Isner broke through quickly and went up 3-2 in the fourth and that was essentially that.

How did Isner hold off Murray’s chance of a comeback?

“I’ve served,” Isner said, laughing. “That’s really all it came down to. I don’t think I gave him many chances to spin his web and get me caught up in it.

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