Djokovic sees off Murray
Brit's losing streak continues in exhibition clash with Serbian
Last Updated: June 21, 2012 6:29pm
Andy Murray: Was beaten in exhibition contest against Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray's grass court woes continued with a 6-4 6-4 defeat to Novak Djokovic at The Boodles, although little could be read into the exhibition contest.
Murray went down in straight sets to the world number one and reigning Wimbledon champion in a match that was delayed by two hours because of rain.
When the players emerged on a damp court for a second time, it was clear they viewed the match as little more than a gentle hit out before the start of Wimbledon on Monday.
However, the result does mean Murray has now lost all three matches he has played on grass in the build-up to the third grand slam of the year.
The 25-year-old crashed out of the AEGON Championships in the opening round last week and was edged by Tipsarevic at The Boodles on Wednesday.
Murray endured the worst possible start against Djokovic as he lost the first game on his own serve without winning a single point.
The liveliest rally of the opening set arrived in the seventh game, but Murray's errant forehand brought the exchange to a close.
There was a hold up in play as a section of the baseline was dried by ground staff and Djokovic light-heartedly joined in by using his towel to mop away a damp patch.
Murray saved break point in the opening game of the second set but he was back in trouble in the fifth, conceding three more break points, with Djokovic dispatching the second with a blistering backhand return.
The Serbian was broken back in the ninth game, however, when he netted net following a superb return from Murray.
But the fightback was brief as Murray lost every point on his next service game as Djokovic completed victory with a brilliant half-volley winner.