But Murray was not able to find a way to win against the 30th-ranked Milos Raonic on Tuesday night. Raonic, showing no issues with his service, defeated Murray, 6-2, 6-2, in a match interrupted by rain after the opening set. It was a rematch of the final that gave Murray his second Wimbledon singles title, when he defeated Raonic in 2016.
Tuesday’s duel was on a hardcourt instead of on grass, and with empty seats instead of a full house.
So far, that odd setting seems to be giving an edge to the underdog. Eight of the 16 men’s seeds failed to make it past the second round, including No. 2 Dominic Thiem, who was overwhelmed, 6-2, 6-1, by unseeded Filip Krajinovic on Monday in Thiem’s first match back on the tour.
The top two seeds in the women’s event — Karolina Pliskova and Sofia Kenin — are already out, as is the reigning champion, Madison Keys. The No. 3 seed, Serena Williams, came within two points of defeat on three occasions against the 72nd-ranked Arantxa Rus on Monday before salvaging a 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-6 (0) victory.
“There’s going to be a lot of scratchy matches in the first few tournaments,” said Zverev, whose next singles match will be in the United States Open, which begins next Monday.
Murray, still an underdog for now, will be playing singles at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since the 2019 Australian Open, where he was despondent after losing in the first round and made it clear that retirement was imminent. Things, happily, have not worked out that way.
“I’m going to text him and see how the hip feels,” Su said on Monday night. “So curious.”