Andy Murray suffered an injury scare as Matteo Berrettini returned to the ATP Tour by winning the BOSS Open in Stuttgart.
Murray was playing his first final for nearly three years, and his first on grass since 2016, and he gave a fine showing against the big-hitting Italian.
Berrettini took the opening set but Murray roared back to level the match in the second.
However, he appeared to injure his groin whilst being broken in the first game of the third. He carried on despite taking a medical time-out, but was clearly hampered as Berrettini closed out a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 win.
The win sees Berrettini, who was playing his first tournament since hand surgery, extend his perfect record in Stuttgart to 9-0.
“It was really hard to digest, I felt it, Andy was able to serve well and took the chances I didn’t take, so we went to the third set," Berrettini said after the match. "I said to myself, ‘I have to fight’.
“Congrats to Andy. It’s not the way we wanted to finish, he’s hurt, I’m sorry for him. I’ve learned so much from him.”
Both players are now scheduled to head to Queen's next week, where they could face each other again in the second round.
However, it seems likely Andy Murray will skip the event in order to ensure he is able to compete at Wimbledon, which begins on June 27.
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