Wimbledon 2013: Defending doubles champion Jonny Marray loses in straight sets with Colin Fleming


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There will be no repeat of last summer's heroics for Jonny Marray, who last Wimbledon turned a wildcard entry into becoming the first Briton to win a mens' doubles title since 1936.

The Sheffield-based Liverpudlian, now partnered by Scot Colin Fleming, lost in straight sets to sixth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Daniel Nestor in the third round of this year's tournament.

It was a measure of revenge for Lindstedt who was on the wrong side of the net last year when Marray and Danish partner Freddie Nielsen won the title – his first successive Wimbledon final defeat.

Marray and Fleming,who play Davis Cup together, lost the first set on the tie-break then were broken at 5-6 in the second. That reverse seemed to break their spirit as well as they tamely succumbed 6-3 in the third in less than half-an-hour.

Actually, Marray does have a second chance to repeat last summer's glory. He is partnering compatriot Heather Watson in the mixed doubles. The pair pay their second round match against David Narrero and Kimiko Date-Krumm later on Monday. Fleming, too, has a mixed-doubles back-up partnering Laura Robson against Filip Polasek and Janette Husarova.