Britain’s Andy Murray went out within the first spherical of the Bett1 Hulks Indoors occasion in Cologne, Germany, dropping 6-Four 6-Four in opposition to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.
Murray, 33, was handed a wildcard to play within the match, however was overwhelmed by the 36-year-old world quantity 62.
Verdasco now faces US Open finalist Alexander Zverev within the second spherical after the German was given a bye.
Another Briton, Kyle Edmund, misplaced 7-5 7-6 (7-1) to South Africa’s Lloyd Harris.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray, at present ranked 115th on the earth, solely returned to the ATP Tour in August after career-saving hip surgical procedure.
He beat world quantity seven Zverev on his approach to the third spherical of the ATP Masters in New York in August, reached the second spherical of the US Open after which suffered a first-round loss to Stan Wawrinka on the French Open in September.
Against Verdasco, Murray trailed 4-1 within the opening set, pulled a break again within the sixth recreation however did not convert two break-point probabilities within the 10th.
The decisive second of the second set got here within the seventh recreation when Verdasco broke Murray’s serve.
The Scot saved one match level on his personal serve within the ninth recreation after which had 4 break factors in a prolonged 10th recreation, earlier than Verdasco, after lacking three match factors, sealed the victory.
Edmund, 25, ranked 47th, was overwhelmed by the world quantity 92 for his second successive first-round exit after dropping to world quantity 113 Marco Cecchinato within the opening spherical of the ATP Masters in Rome final month.
Both Edmund and Harris misplaced their opening service video games, earlier than the South African moved forward with one other break within the fifth recreation.
Edmund stored the set first alive by breaking again within the 10th recreation, however Harris instantly broke again once more and served for the set, which he took after the Briton did not take a break level alternative.
The second set was tighter, however Harris stormed clear within the tie-break to arrange a second-round tie in opposition to American Steve Johnson.
This occasion is the primary of two indoor competitions in Cologne in two weeks, with Murray once more having a wildcard to look on the Bett1 Hulks Championship.