The result is all the more shocking because Murray seemed to have found some semblance of form in Paris, where he came within a set of the French Open final.
The Scot might take some comfort, though, from the demise of second seed Stan Wawrinka and third seed Milos Raonic.
The Australian was a lucky loser who only made the draw when Murray’s scheduled opponent, Brit Aljaz Bedene, pulled out with a wrist injury. On a slick court, Thompson played as solid a match as the Scot’s was ragged and unpre...
Wawrinka in full flow is a sight to behold, and the 2015 winner was on top form for much of the match, hitting 87 winners in total. Murray held his own for the first four sets, but finally succumbed to his opponents shotmaking and his own fatigue in the fifth.
The first set was extremely tight, and Wawrinka looked to have secured the crucial break in the 8th game with a venomous crosscourt passing shot. With the Swiss serving for the set, Murray deployed his characteristic stubborn defensive skills and broke straight back. Wawrinka had a set...
Nishikori's tennis was sparkling in the first set, his brand of dynamic ballstriking causing Murray many problems. The world number one fell behind two breaks and the eighth seed served out the set after just 35 minutes of play.
Murray needed to regroup – and umpire Carlos Ramos giving him a second time violation early in the second set seemed to give him the inspiration he needed. A fired-up Murray reeled off the next five games to seal a commanding 6-1 set.
The third set was a scrappy affair. Murray went ahead two times, but each time Nishikori fought back. The top seed seized his opportunity in the tiebreak, running a...
After a frustrating start to 2017, Murray seems to be clicking into gear and finding form at the ideal time on the clay of Paris.
In the early stages, Khachanov demonstrated the power play that has seen him touted as a rising star, but the wily Murray was able to counter the young gun in a straightforward and professional manner.
Murray looked extremely tidy as he coughed up only one unforced error in the opening set.
The Scot stumbled in the second set by handing a break back with some sloppy play, but reasserted his dominance immediately and banked the insurance of a two...
It wasn’t all plain sailing, though. The match, you suspect, hung on the outcome of a titanic first set that lasted nearly 90 minutes. Murray spent much of that time figuring out how to counter the deep backhand slice and ferocious forehand of the Argentinian.
The top seed got off to a poor start, losing his serve in the third game with a weak backhand lob and faced a set point at 3-5. However, Murray finally converted a sixth break point to level for 5-5 and his game noticeably rose several notches.
Murray began the tiebreak with a d...
Murray was visibly and audibly frustrated at the poor quality of his movement at times, but weathered the storm to set up a meeting with the dangerous Juan Martin del Potro.
The match began with Murray slipping to an early break, but he managed to recover this in the nick of time at 4-5 down and force a tiebreak.
However, Klizan did take the opening set eventually as Murray played the tiebreak poorly.
The Slovakian was carrying an injury and Murray took advantage of a dip in his opponent's level to power to a 2-1 lead in sets.
Murray's fans relaxed as their man ap...