Murray, still struggling to regain the consistently elite form he once possessed, fell to No. 5 Tsitsipas, 7-6(3), 6-7(2), 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4, in a match so close that Murray edged out his Greek opponent in total points, 176-169.

“I’m obviously very disappointed now,” he said in a press conference about 25 minutes after the match ended. “You never know how many opportunities you’ll have to play here.”

Murray’s somber mood was reflected around the grounds on a difficult day for British players and their fans on Friday. The 12th seed Cameron Norrie, the current number 1 player from Great Britain, lost to the unseeded American Chris Eubanks, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3), on Court No. 1, and Liam Broady. , the British number 2, fell to the Canadian Dennis Shapovalov, who won 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 7-5.

But with Murray, it’s different. For two decades, British tennis supporters watched as he converted the promise of his young career into glory when, under great pressure in 2013, he became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon, Britain’s home tournament and the premier an incident on the. a tour Three years later, he did it again, to add to the US Open title and the Olympic gold medal he won in 2012, the latter also on Center Court.

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