2 Jan 2014

Murray falls early in Qatar

6:26 am on 2 January 2014

The Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, started the new year with an immediate setback when he was beaten 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 by Florian Mayer in the second round of the Qatar Open.

It was only Murray's second match on the ATP World Tour after a four-month absence caused by a back operation and the loss is a worrying disappointment for the Scot as he tries to rebuild his match fitness.

The result was even more of a stunner because Murray had led by a set and 3-0 before faltering, and once his opponent had gained momentum there seemed no way of stopping it.