Murray Falls In Third Round At Mallorca Challenger
Andy Murray's time at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Mallorca has come to a close. The Scot fell to Matteo Viola on Thursday night, as the Italian prevailed 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) under the lights at the Rafa Nadal Academy.
Murray sprinted to a one-set lead, but was physically unable to sustain his level throughout the two-hour and 43-minute encounter. Despite taking a medical timeout midway through the third set, he would push Viola to a deciding tie-break. There, the 32-year-old Italian was too strong, eventually prevailing on his second match point.
In search of more matches and confidence in his comeback from hip surgery, Murray was appearing in his first Challenger event since 2005. He earned back-to-back wins for the first time this year, including an impressive 6-3, 6-4 victory over third seed Norbert Gombos on Tuesday.
Murray played in front of packed crowds all week at the Rafa Nadal Open by Sotheby's, with the Mallorcan faithful turning out in droves to catch a glimpse of the former World No. 1.
Next up for the Scot is the Asian swing on the ATP Tour, where he has committed to play in Zhuhai and Beijing.