London - Former
world No 1 Andy Murray's hopes of emulating Michael Stich in
adding a Wimbledon men's doubles title to his singles crowns ended on
Saturday as he and Pierre-Hugues Herbert exited in the second round.
The 32-year-old Scotsman, who landed the Queen's doubles title a
fortnight ago in his first tournament back after "life-changing" hip
surgery, and his French partner were outclassed by the sixth seeded
Croatian duo of Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor who won 6-7 (4/7), 6-4,
Murray's title hopes are not finished yet as he teams up with
seven-time Wimbledon women's singles champion Serena Williams later on
Saturday in the mixed doubles against German Andreas Mies and Chile's
Stich won the singles title in 1991 and a year later the German added the doubles crown.
For Herbert, it represents a losing gamble as he had angered
long-time partner Nicolas Mahut - with whom he won all four Grand Slam
titles - in choosing to play with Murray after apparently originally
saying he would focus on singles only.
Mahut has made the third round with new partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin.