Andy Murray suffered a setback in his preparation for the Australian Open when bowing out of the Next Generation Adelaide International at the second-round stage.
The 18-year-old Scot battled back bravely from losing an opening-set tiebreaker against Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic.
But sixth seed Berdych claimed a vital break of serve at the start of the deciding set and went on to prevail 7-6 4-6 6-1.
Murray’s loss to the world number 24 completed a bad 24 hours for British tennis, with Tim Henman having crashed out of the the Qatar ExxonMobil Open yesterday.
Henman felt his serve let him down as he was beaten 6-2 7-6 by Germany’s Tommy Haas in Doha.
“I wasn’t serving well while Tommy got his act together,” Henman said on BBC Online. “You know how important the serves are in tennis, and I’m going to work on mine.”