Andy Murray suffered a crushing 6-3 6-0 loss to old nemesis Stan Wawrinka in the clash between the former Grand Slam champions at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Bordeaux.
Murray rolled back the years at this month’s Aix-en-Provence Challenger, where he captured his first title at any level since 2019.
But the Scot, who celebrated his 36th birthday earlier this week, was unable to produce the goods against three-time major champion Wawrinka in the second round of the ATP Tour’s lower-tier event.
Murray, who lost in the first round to Fabio Fognini at the Italian Open on Wednesday, will now assess his options for his participation in the French Open later this month.
He has a desire to play in Paris because he is not sure if he will have another opportunity to do so.
“It’s not much of a part [physical worries],” said Murray. “I’m confident that my body will recover after what I did at the beginning of the year. I played back-to-back five-hour matches and physically performed well in the matches. There is no reason why it should be any different here.
“It’s more to see where my game is. It’s just what’s the right thing to do at this stage of my career. I trust my body now but I know that my best chance to have a deep run more. likely to happen at Wimbledon.”
Wawrinka, who won the 2015 French Open, forced a break in the fourth game before holding onto a 4-1 lead.
Although Murray saved several set points on his next serve, the veteran Swiss soon closed out the set.
Murray’s serve faltered again at the start of the second set, with Wawrinka breaking twice to lead 3-0.
Wawrinka, 38, maintained the pressure to break Murray again in the fifth game.
Although Murray forced his own break-point chance in the next, he was again disappointed by a line call as Wawrinka recovered to serve for the match and complete a straightforward victory in one hour and 17 minutes.
Murray – who has only played at Roland Garros once since 2017 – is expected to soon decide whether or not to compete on clay in Paris, possibly for the last time, or start his preparations early for the season grass-court while watching Wimbledon.