Andy Murray saw his 22-match winning run ended when he was defeated 6-4 7-5 by Marin Cilic in the Cincinnati Masters final.
The victory streak was the longest of Murray’s career and the loss to Cilic marked his first defeat since losing to Novak Djokovic in the French Open final back in June.
It took Cilic an hour and 34 minutes to down the top seed, who was perhaps feeling the effects of his Rio Olympics exploits.
Murray, who retained his Olympic title in Brazil, fell two breaks behind early in the first set and despite breaking back, the Scot went a set down.
The Croatian didn’t have it easy in the second set, but after the score reached 5-5 he broke Murray and then composed himself to serve out for the title.
This victory was only Cilic’s third triumph in 14 attempts against Murray and now both players will turn their attention to the US Open which begins on August 29.