Home favorite Andy Murray and Brazilian partner Marcelo Melo have been beaten in their doubles opener in Eastbourne. Murray, 32, and 35-year-old Melo couldn't stun top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. The Colombians put up a dominant performance as they claimed a 6-2 6-4 win over Murray and Melo.
Murray made a dream return from a hip resurfacing surgery last week as he won the Queen's doubles title alongside Feliciano Lopez. Murray and Lopez's Queen's run started with a shock win over No. 1 seeds Cabal and Farah.
A week later, Cabal and Farah entered their match against Murray highly motivated to avoid another early exit. Cabal and Farah broke Murray and Melo twice in the first set to claim the opener. The top seeds then broke Murray and Melo early on in the second set and held on to their serve to seal the win.
Cabal and Farah won 79 percent of their first serve points, realized 3-of-8 of their break point chances and saved 4-of-4 of Murray and Lopez's break point opportunities in an hour just over an hour of action. Murray will now take a couple of days off before he teams up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert to play Wimbledon. Murray is also hoping to play the Wimbledon mixed doubles but he hasn't found a partner.