Eastbourne | Jubb’s run ends while Murray prepares for the doubles
Qualifier Paul Jubb’s run at the Nature Valley International came to an end on Monday, the 19-year-old falling to Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-3.
I was a bit tired today playing my seventh match in eight days, and Taylor played really well Paul Jubb
Jubb, who hails from Hull, said: “I was a bit tired today playing my seventh match in eight days, and Taylor played really well.
“Overall it’s been a great learning experience for me, beating two players ranked much higher than me. I’m looking forward to a few days off now and getting ready for Wimby.”
Elsewhere, No.5 seed Fernando Verdasco won a tough clash against John Millman 6-7(3) 6-4 6-1, Steve Johnson overcame Reilly Opelka 7-6(4) 6-3, and Sam Querrey beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 7-6(4).
Meanwhile Andy Murray, who teamed with Feliciano Lopez to win the doubles at the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen’s Club London on Sunday, began preparations for his Eastbourne doubles title assault with partner Marcelo Melo.
Murray said he was feeling good, despite his intense schedule at Queen’s. “My back, that’s the only thing that’s been of any concern, really,” said Murray, ahead of his first- round doubles match on Tuesday. “It’s not a concern, but it’s just a bit stiff and sore.”
And he said he expected this week’s campaign with world No.4 doubles player Melo to be very different to his Queen’s run with Lopez. “He expects to play a bit more I-formation and a lot more moving around at the net and stuff,” said Murray. “So that will be a different sort of challenge tomorrow, but it can also be very effective if done well.
“When we did the IPTL thing a few years ago, I was on the same team as him and we spent a little bit of time together there. Played a little bit of doubles with him. He’s good fun. Pretty laid-back guy. Yeah, hopefully we’ll do well.”