Rest time for Andy Murray after his winning streak is brought to an end in Cincinnati

Andy Murray is ready to enjoy some well-earned downtime after his 22-match winning streak finally came to an end in Cincinnati.

Andy Murray, during his match against Croatia's Marin Cilic in Cincinnati. Picture: AP/John Minchillo

Since losing the French Open final to Novak Djokovic, world No 2 Murray has won the Aegon Championships, his second Wimbledon title, and a second Olympic gold medal after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in a gruelling four-set, four-hour final in Rio.

The 29-year-old Scot flew directly from Brazil to Cincinnati to contest the Western & Southern Open, which he won in 2008 and then 2011.

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Shunning the effects of jet lag, he beat Juan Monaco, Kevin Anderson, Bernard Tomic and Milos Raonic without too much trouble to set up a final showdown with Marin Cilic on Sunday.

Marin Cilic, left, shakes hands with Andy Murray after beating the British No 1 in the final of the Western & Southern Open. Picture: AP/John Minchillo

It was the Croatian who emerged victorious, however, with former US Open champion Cilic winning 6-4 7-5 to claim his first Masters title.

But Murray – the latest member of the ‘600 Club’ having reached the ATP World Tour match-wins tally against Anderson – was not too downbeat.

“I’m very proud of this week,” said Murray. “I certainly didn’t expect to get to the final when I arrived here.

“I had some pretty good wins along the way. Today there were tough, tricky conditions with the wind. I think if I got off to a better start maybe could have done a bit better.”

Marin Cilic, left, shakes hands with Andy Murray after beating the British No 1 in the final of the Western & Southern Open. Picture: AP/John Minchillo