Cincinnati Masters: Andy Murray out in first round after Lucas Pouille defeat

Cincinnati Masters: Andy Murray out in first round after Lucas Pouille defeat

Serena Williams, meanwhile, went down against Petra Kvitova in a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 second-round loss.

He reached the quarterfinals at Washington two weeks ago, his best result.

Murray hit six double faults on his way to being broken three times in a one-sided first set, which Frenchman Pouille took 6-1.

"I'm feeling pretty good tonight. It's never easy, no matter what the scoreline says", Williams said.

"I only lost four more points in the match than him", Murray said.

Federer and Williams were making their first appearance at the tournament since they each won the title in 2015.

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The three-time grand slam victor failed to mount a prompt response and was soon on the back foot again on serve, an overcooked forehand giving Pouille another break-point opening.

Wild card Stan Wawrinka, working his way back from two left knee surgeries, advanced with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over 12th-seeded Diego Schwartzman. "I feel like that's a bit of an opportunity wasted. It's quick conditions here", Murray said. "I maybe wasn't reacting as quickly to some shots I would have liked".

Number one seed Simona Halep defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6 6-3 6-3 in her rain-delayed second-round match and will now play Ashleigh Barty on Friday after the stormy weather ended the day's play early.

Murray's career has been hampered by a hip injury and the 31-year-old looked rusty on Monday, after skipping the Rogers Cup having withdrawn from the Citi Open quarter-finals.

'I would add more best of five sets matches in finals, ' Federer told the Tennis Channel when asked what rule he would change. "If I can improve by 10, 15 percent, you turn a lot of those matches around". 'Novak winning Wimbledon obviously that was massive, I don't think he expected it", the Swiss player admitted. "I remember the press conference he gave after Paris [losing to Marco Cecchinato] when he was like "I don't know yet I was frustrated, I just want to get out of here".

On the men's side, Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3; 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta knocked off Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; and Peter Gojowczyk downed Joao Sousa 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Querrey gained an edge with a mini-break on the fifth point of the second tiebreaker when Isner sailed a forehand wide of the backhand sideline. "We are both coming back - from injury, from motherhood - so it's something really special to play her". Ekaterina Makarova cruised past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3 6-2.

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