Andy Murray cut an agonised figure on Friday in his post-match press conference after his second-round defeat to number five seed Stefanos Tsitsipas which snuffed out his hopes of a deep run at Wimbledon.
The two-time Wimbledon champion came into the tournament on a run of fine grass court form after wins at Surbiton and Nottingham, and crucially, fit and firing.
But an early encounter with one of the competition’s big beasts stymied his progress, with Murray losing the epic, two-day clash.
Momentum had been firmly on the side of the Briton, who was leading two sets to one before the 11pm curfew on Thursday evening, but the day’s break gave Tsitsipas a fresh run at the 36-year-old.
Murray was also the victim of an incorrect call at a crucial moment in the fourth set, which he opted not to challenge.
When told after the defeat by a reporter that he had in fact, won the point at 15-30 and four-all in the fourth, Murray looked heartbroken at the missed chance.
At first almost shellshocked by the reporter’s revelation, Murray said slowly: ‘The 15-30 point, my return was in?
‘Ummm. Yeah. Well – yeah.
‘That’s obviously frustrating, because I remember it. It was a backhand cross-court, very short, and I probably would have won the point, so… yep.’
Instead, Tsitsipas held his serve, and was able to push the Brit to a tiebreaker, which the Greek won 7-3.
Murray’s defeat on Centre Court was one of a spate of British losses that saw all three men’s singles contenders knocked out of the competition in just over half an hour.
Cameron Norrie was outclassed by American prospect Christopher Eubanks, fresh off the back of his first-ever grass court tournament win in Mallorca, and Liam Broady was felled in four sets by number 26 seed Denis Shapovalov.