The three-time champion Andy Murray has lost in straight sets in the first round of the National Bank Open as the British men’s No 1, Cameron Norrie, progressed.
Murray, who won the tournament in 2015 following earlier victories in 2009 and 2010, finally got under way against the American Taylor Fritz in Tuesday evening’s feature match after they were delayed a day earlier by rain in Montreal.
The Scot was overwhelmed by the 10th seed’s power in the first set before fighting back hard in the second, with his frustration getting the better of him as he smashed his racket on the court several times.
Fritz ultimately proved too strong, his 6-1, 6-3 maiden victory in Canada setting up a second-round encounter against his compatriot Frances Tiafoe.
Earlier Norrie bounced back from losing the final of the Abierto de Tenis Mifel on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Brandon Nakashima.
The world No 11 took only one hour and 13 minutes to complete the win and will face Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands in the second round.
Jack Draper set up an encounter against Stefanos Tsitsipas with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over fellow qualifier Hugo Gaston, while the British No 2, Dan Evans, dropped a set en route to a win over Filip Krajinovic. Evans will now play Russia’s Andrey Rublev, who had a bye in the first round.