Murray Falls to Hanfmann in the Geneva Open First-Round
Andy Murray playing at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. March 21, 2024. Photo courtesy: Miami Open presented by Itau.

Former world number one Andy Murray returned to Tour action at the Gonet Geneva Open, falling to German Yannick Hanfmann, who set a second-round clash against top seed Novak Djokovic.

Contesting his first tour-level tournament since rupturing ankle ligaments last March at the Miami Open, three-time major champion Andy Murray hit the court on Monday to play World No. 85 Yannick Hanfmann, kicking off proceedings at the ATP 250 event, staged in Switzerland.

The Briton, who accepted a wild card to play at the Gonet Geneva Open, saw his first-rounder disrupted by the inclement weather conditions when down 5-7, 1-4 on the scoreboard on Monday night.

Minutes before the match got suspended due to the rain, the 37-year-old complained to chair umpire Greg Allensworth, saying: “It’s like it’s snowing out here, and you still want us to keep playing.”

Then, the players headed to the locker room as play was halted, scheduled to resume on Tuesday morning.

Back in action, the German player continued his run of form to wrap up the second set 6-2 and the match, sealing victory after one hour and 42 minutes on Center Court.

The Karlsruhe native did not face a break point all match, holding ground behind his serve, winning 74 percent of his first serve points.

Moreover, he broke Murray’s serve three times on his way to open his campaign with a triumph on the Parc des Eaux-Vives courts.

Next, the 32-year-old will face off against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who received a wild card for the clay court event, making his maiden appearance in Geneva.

The 24-time Grand Slam champion is yet to lift a trophy this season, coming off the back of an erratic performance at the Italian Open, exiting the Masters 1000, which he conquered six times in his career, early in the inaugural week, stunned by tournament revelation Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.

Djokovic, 37, is looking to find match fitness, notably lacking in his previous tour-level appearances, in preparation for Roland Garros.

For his part, Murray is set to compete at the French Open, likely for the last time in his career, next week in Paris.

The 2024 edition of the venue on Swiss soil also features two-time winner Casper Ruud, top Americans Taylor Fritz, Ben Shelton, and Tommy Paul, as Italian Open finalist and reigning champion Nicolas Jarry, among a packed field.

Cecilia demartini
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Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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