Andy Murray’s Wimbledon return ends in third round

No. 10 seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada ousted Great Britain’s Andy Murray in straight sets Friday, bringing an end to the home-crowd favorite’s return to the Wimbledon singles draw.

Shapovalov won their third-round match 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, smashing 13 aces and saving eight of nine break points to wrap Murray’s first singles run at the All England Club since 2017.

Murray, the 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon champ, forged an arduous comeback through multiple hip surgeries that he said at one point left him wondering if he’d need to retire from tennis.

It was the first time playing at Centre Court for Shapovalov, a fan of Murray’s growing up. He said Murray pushed him during an “intense” first set.

“I just told him at the net that he’s my hero,” the 22-year-old said. “Achievements aside, what he’s been able to do in the sport, to come back with an injury like this and to be playing the tennis that he’s playing, moving the way he’s moving — like I said, in (Murray’s) second match, it was truly like vintage Andy, you know? And it was just so much fun to see as a fan.”

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic endured a lengthy third-set tiebreak to finish off American Denis Kudla, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7). The Serbian fell behind 3-0 to start the tiebreak but clawed back ahead and won on his second match point.

Other seeded players to win their third-round matches Friday included No. 5 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia, No. 8 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, Chilean No. 17 seed Cristian Garin and Russian No. 25 seed Karen Khachanov.

Rublev downed No. 26 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Khachanov eliminated Frances Tiafoe — the American who upset No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round — with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win.

Khachanov’s next opponent will be another red-hot American, Sebastian Korda, who advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 22 seed Daniel Evans of Great Britain.

Korda revealed in an ESPN interview that he has been mentored by Andre Agassi, the eight-time Grand Slam champion.

“We talk almost every single day, and he’s a great person to have on my team and he told me to just enjoy the moment,” Korda said.

The other seeded player to fall Friday was Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, the No. 9 seed. In the longest gentlemen’s singles match of the day at 3 hours, 19 minutes, Marton Fucsovics of Hungary outlasted Schwartzman 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4.

–Field Level Media