Doha: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray lost 6-3, 4-6, 2-6 to German Florian Mayer in the Qatar Open second round on Wednesday, his second competitive match since returning from a back injury.
In another match, Rafael Nadal of Spain survived a scare before beating Germany’s Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3.
Murray, the third-seeded Briton, who beat Mousa Zayed 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, led 3-0 in the second set before Mayer won five games in a row and the world No. 40 dominated the decider in Doha to seal victory in just under two hours.
Murray, the world No. 4, will head to Melbourne for this month’s Australian Open having played only two exhibitions and two ATP Tour matches since undergoing back surgery in September.
Murray now heads to Melbourne for the Australian Open, which begins on January 13. “It was amazing,” said Mayer. “He was up 6-3, 3-0 and the match seemed almost finished. I don’t know how I came back.” (Agencies)