Uncomfortable Andy Murray bows out in Mallorca as he loses to world No 240

Andy Murray’s winning run at the Rafa Nadal Open was halted by world No 240 Matteo Viola, who won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Andy Murray's defeat im Mallorca is a setback in his comeback following hip surgery. Picture: PA.

Murray, competing in an ATP Challenger Tour event for the first time since 2005, had secured back-to-back wins in Mallorca as he continues his comeback from hip surgery, but came unstuck against an inspired opponent.

The 32-year-old Scot struggled to maintain his performance levels after breaking Viola’s serve twice to win the first set in 51 minutes, but never recovered after falling 3-0 behind in the second. Although he fought back from 2-0 down after losing his opening service game in the final set, he did not produce his best.

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Both players held serve from 2-2 to force a tiebreak, which Viola went on to dominate, winning the first three points and going 6-2 up.

Murray hit a brilliant forehand return on Viola’s first match point but served a double fault on his second to hand the Italian the match.

Murray did not look comfortable against Viola, whose highest career singles ranking is 118. The three-time major winner will consider his defeat a setback as he builds up his match fitness after having a metal hip implanted in January in a bid to save his career.