Great Britain's Andy Murray has drawn positives from his Winston-Salem first round performance despite bowing out in the first round after a straight-set loss suffered defeat to American Tennys Sandgren 7-6 (8) 7-5. Sandgren, ranked at No.
73 in the world, blew three set points in the tie-break but kept his focus as he saved Murray's first set point before converting his fourth to win a tight opener. Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray fought back from a double break down in the second set to level it at 5-5 -- but fell short of making a huge comeback as Sandgren made no mistake after earning his third break of the set in the 11th game.
"I think there was some good stuff in there," Murray told BBC Sport after the match. "I think my ball striking was better than last week. I hit quite a few more winners, came to the net quite a lot. Obviously I didn't win but I do feel I was a bit more in control of what was happening out there.
"Physically I felt OK in the rallies, but I did notice in the second set that my first serve wasn't as good, and I think maybe my legs were a little bit heavy at the end there." The chances of seeing Murray playing on the Challenger Tour have increased as the Scot also told BBC Sport that he could benefit from playing a Challenger in the upcoming weeks as he seeks form and matches.