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Andy Murray

Andy Murray

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray vowed to have "a long, hard think" after suffering the joint worst grand slam defeat of his career to Stan Wawrinka in the first round of the French Open.

Much had been made of the old foes being drawn together again three years after a brutal semi-final at Roland Garros proved the end of Murray's right hip.

The cold and damp conditions were the same but the similarities ended there as 2015 champion Wawrinka took just an hour and 37 minutes to ease to a 6-1 6-3 6-2 victory.

Murray served poorly and was left helpless on the court as his clay-court return proved a chastening experience. The Scot has only previously won as few games at a slam match in a 2014 semi-final in Paris against Rafael Nadal, but those days feel a long time ago.

Murray did not use his physical struggles or the cold weather as an excuse, saying: "I think that's the worst defeat maybe of my career in a grand slam. I don't feel like the conditions are an excuse for it."