Andy Murray’s long winning streak has ended with defeat to Marin Cilic in the final of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
The 6-4 7-5 loss brought to an end a 22-game run – the longest undefeated stretch of the Scot’s career – and was Murray’s first reverse since the French Open final in June.
Cilic claimed the title beating the top seed and two-time Cincinnati champion after one hour and 34 minutes.
Just a week after retaining his Olympic title in Rio, Murray lost his serve twice in the first set and, despite breaking back, fell behind.
The second set was a much tighter affair but the Wimbledon champion was broken again by Cilic at 5-5 after saving four break points.
Cilic managed to hold his nerve and serve out the match for only his third win in 14 attempts against Murray, who will now turn his attention to looking to repeat his 2012 US Open success when this year’s competition gets under way on August 29.