Andy Murray squandered a one-set lead as top seed Ivan Ljubicic hit back to knock the young Scot out of the Zagreb Indoor tournament.
He showed the flair, skill and aggression that attracted everyone's attention last year. He lost yes, but hes back to what we know he's capable of - it's all a learning curve this year - he was playing the no. 5 in the world - the home favourite - on a surface chosen to favour his opponent.
Murray started well but ultimately had no answer to the home favourite, who won in Chennai earlier in the season before reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Ljubicic, ranked fifth in the world, sealed a 4-6 6-2 6-3 victory in one hour and 54 minutes and now goes on to meet Kenneth Carlsen in the second round.
Defeated he may have been, but Murray can take heart from a battling performance which was vastly superior to his lame capitulation to Juan Ignacio Chela in Melbourne.
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