Murray beaten by Djokovic
Andy Murray endured a further setback in his preparations for Wimbledon but little could be read into defeat by Novak Djokovic at The Boodles.
Murray lost 6-4 6-4 to the world number one and reigning champion at SW19 in an exhibition 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 it as a glorified practice session as they sought to avoid injury 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 major of the year.
The 25-year-old, who was today selected by Team GB for London 2012, crashed out of the AEGON Championships in the opening round last week and was edged by Tipsarevic at The Boodles yesterday.
Murray endured the worst possible start by losing the first game on his own serve without clinching a single point.
The liveliest rally of the opening set arrived in the seventh, but Murray's overhit 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.
Djokovic dispatched the second with a blistering backhanded return that left his opponent flailing at air.
The Serbian was broken back in the ninth, however, when he struck the net following a superb return from Murray.
But the fightback was brief, the Scot losing every point on his next serve before Djokovic completed victory with a mesmerising half-volley winner.