Jonny Marray’s hopes of retaining the Wimbledon men’s doubles title that he won last year are over.
The 32-year old from Sheffield lost his third round tie with partner Colin Fleming yesterday, going down 7-6(5) 7-5 6-3 on Court 7 to the highly fancied number six seeds Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Daniel Nestor of Canada.
Court 7 at the All England Club has proved to be something of a graveyard for Marray who in 2004 squandered three match points on the same patch of turf against Karol Beck in a first round singles match.
Yesterday’s defeat, following on as it did from Laura Robson’s exit in the ladies’ singles, was a major disappoint to the thousands of home fans who flocked to the All England Club hoping for more British glory.
“They (the crowd) are always great,” admitted Marray. “We got a great reception to begin with and they stuck with us throughout. We didn’t give them a huge amount to shout about unfortunately. We’d have liked to have gone a bit further, but we can’t have any complaints on today’s result.
“They (Lindstedt and Nestor) served really well throughout and we didn’t really get much of a look in. We knew they were a strong team. I was a bit disappointed with a couple of my service games and. It is fine lines.”
To add insult to injury Marray also crashed out of the mixed doubles event yesterday evening with partner Heather Watson. The British pair surrendered a one set lead against David Marrero of Spain and Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan on Court 3, ultimately losing 6-2 3-6 3-6.
Marray now plans on taking a few days rest before travelling to the United States with Colin Fleming in preparation for the US Open.
Sabine Lisicki beat defending champion Serena Williams 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the women’s singles.
Andy Murray saw off Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals in the men’s singles.