Andy Murray's Rogers Cup campaign came to an abrupt conclusion with a disappointing 4-6, 3-6 defeat to Ernest Gulbis. The Scot struggled throughout and was in the end well beaten.
Murray started brightly and earned two break points at 3-3 but was unable to convert. The Scot was relatively comfortable in his own service games until 5-4*, when a double fault and an inexplicable forehand error opened the door for his opponent. Gulbis barged through, a beautifully weighted drop-shot bringing up three set points. Murray saved the first but a tame second serve sat up invitingly and the Latvian bludgeoned a return to take the set.
The Gulbis baseline game was now clicking into first gear. The Latvian is famous for his mental walkabouts and unforced error prolificacy, but neither flaws were evident. Murray by way of contrast was increasingly erratic and soon slipped 3-1 down. The Scot flirted with a comeback, but was broken for a third and final time at 4-3.
Murray is still alive in the doubles event, where he is competing with Colin Fleming.
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