Cologne 2 get under way – Murray withdraws, Edmunds beaten

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the second week of Cologne where he was due to face Danilo Petrovic in his opening match, explaining that he is suffering from another pelvic problem, this time a form of tendinitis.

I’ve been practicing the last few days and trying to manage it, but after playing some points today, I decided it was not going to be good enough to play. Andy Murray

“I’ve been trying to deal with it in training, and in the matches, and unfortunately after my match here this week it’s flared up again,” he said in a Facebook Video.

“I’ve been practicing the last few days and trying to manage it, but after playing some points today, I decided it was not going to be good enough to play.”

No indication has been given as to how long he will need to recover from this latest setback but the 33-year-old former world number one who lost in his opening match last week, is expected to play the Paris Masters in two weeks’ time.

His problem has been described as ‘inflammation of the left psoas.’ It is a muscle that is located in the lumbar region of the spine and extends through the pelvis to the femur.

Kyle Edmund, Britain’s number two, lost in the first round to record his third straight opening-round defeat at a tournament.

The Yorkshireman ranked at 47, lost 6-4 6-0 to Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, who is currently ranked nine places below him.

Nishioka broke in the fifth game of the first set, before sweeping through the second as Edmund struggled on serve.

American Steve Johnson, ranked 71, was delighted at finally getting the better of Marin Cilic, the ninth seed, for the first time in what was their sixth meeting, defeating the Croat 7-6(3) 6-4 after one-hour and 58-minutes.

“I would have paid a handsome fee for a couple of aces. I got one. I got one, just got back to 30-30 and played a couple of points where I got lucky. Today things just went my way”, said Johnson.

In other matches eighth-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France made quick work of Australian Alexei Popyrin with a 6-2 6-2 victory as did his compatriot Gilles Simon who scored a 6-3 7-5 victory over Australia’s Jordan Thompson.


Frances Tiafoe takes out a seed in his opening match

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Meanwhile in Antwerp, at the European Open, American Frances Tiafoe, ranked 63, advanced to the second round when he dismissed sixth seed Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-3 7-6(6), wrapping up the match in one-hour and 21-minutes.

Another American had a less successful day as Tommy Paul lost 6-3 6-2 to the Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez while Ugo Humbert of France, ranked No. 38 advanced after his 6-4 6-3 defeat of Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium.





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