Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray crashed out of the Washington Open last night at the quarterfinal stage, losing in three sets to Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus two sets to one.
In what was Andy Murray’s fourth event since his return from Hip surgery in the new year, he reunited with his brother Jamie for the first time since 2016, although their successful partnership is remembered more for the heroic’s in the Davies Cup two years earlier. The British pair started the stronger taking the first set on a tie breaker before losing the second as all 24 games where following the serve.
The brothers were leading 5-7 in a tie break for the final game before the third seed pairing of South African Klaasen and New Zealander Venus upped their tempo to claim the final five points in a row to claim the game 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (8-6) 10-7.
Earlier in the competition the pair had pulled off a gutsy three set win over French pairing of Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Rodger-Vasselin as they reached the final eight.
Despite the defeat it was still another step on the road to recovery for the former World number one after fears his career was over following an 18 month spell of torment before under going hip resurfacing surgery in January.
The three time Grand Slam winner then made a winning return to the court taking the Queens title in June with partner Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, before crashing out of the Wimbledon mixed doubles in the third round alongside former women’s number one Serena Williams.
With some good performances under his belt, his next step would be a return to singles action, something the player himself has been hinting at with a possible enter into the Cincinnati Masters later this month. The masters comes two weeks before the US Open an event Murray himself has said he will probably miss this year as he isn’t physically ready for five set games just yet.
“I feel fine, just disappointed,” Murray said of his fitness after the defeat. “Practices have been fine.
“Just keep pressing next 10 days. If I feel ready, I'll give it [singles in Cincinnati] a go. If not, I'll probably wait until after New York.”