Andy Murray loses to Nick Kyrgios on return to action at Queen's Club
ANDY MURRAY lost on his comeback match against Nick Kyrgios at Queen's.
Murray shot out of the block after 342 days out with and hip problem and stormed to an impressive 6-2 first-set win.
But Kyrgios hit back in the first game of the second set to break - and he even managed to win a point while pulling off two tweeners.
The Australian continued to attempt trick shots and but a double fault in the following game gifted Murray a break before he was heard muttering "am I wasting my time" - a suspected jibe at Kyrgios' showboating.
Kyrgios, who is becoming a bit of a tie-break specialist, won the second set 7-6 to set up a mesmerizing finale.
The pair went toe-to-toe in the final set and Murray managed to save three match points at the death but he gave Kyrgios too many opportunities to win and the world No 21 broke late on to record a 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory.
Kyrgios was entertaining all afternoon by performing a number of trick shots which amused the London crowd.
Kyrgios is in impressive form having reached the Stuttgart Open semi-finals last week
And he was delighted to progress to the second round but reserved a word for Murray on his return to full fitness.“We are good friends and it is great to see him back,” Kyrgios said.
“I asked him if he felt okay and he said ‘yeah’ so that’s all that matters.
“From the get-go he came out pretty good and I wasn’t quite expecting that.
“I was out for two and a half months too but I am feeling good now and glad to be in the next round.”
Kyrgios will now face either Kyle Edmund or Ryan Harrison in round two.
It is unclear if Murray will compete at Wimbledon next month
Meanwhile, BBC Sport commentator Andrew Castle accused Kyrgios on tanking, which means purposely losing non-vital sets to reserve energy for the key points.
“This is a tank from Kyrgios. He's just hitting the ball as hard as he can,” Castle said.
Kyrgios was at one point rubbing his arm, as if to suggest he was injured, at coach Lleyton Hewitt.
Castle continued: “That's fine but don't expect us not to call it because it is. You can't say you are injured when serving 138mph. You are fine physically.
“It doesn't suit Kyrgios to play second fiddle to anyone. This match was all about Murray until about 10 minutes ago and now it's all about Kyrgios.
“If Kyrgios had won one of the first couple of Murray serves and taken his opportunities I don’t think he’d be doing it.”