Murray won his last match on the hard court in San Diego last year, this time controlling the semi-finals of the Challenger Tour competition.
However, Murray did not succeed in the second set and lost 5–7, 7–6 (7–4) 6–3 on the way.
Scott, who won Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, made 15 of Kudla’s 12 aces. Murray won just 45 percent of his second serve, however, in areas where he is expected to improve the grass season.
He travels to Stuttgart next week before playing Wimbledon at the Queen’s Club.
“This is definitely the biggest win of my career,” said Kudla, ranked 81st in the world, who reached the third round at Wimbledon last year before losing to Novak Djokovic.
“The situation was very tough, but in practice I felt like I was hitting the ball clean.”
Kudla will face Australian Jordan Thompson in Sunday’s final and said: “There’s something about England and the grass, I just feel relaxed and at ease. After two months of being terribly on clay, I feel like a different tennis player.”
Lost in Andy Murray # Surbiton Trophy Semifinals
– LTA (the_LTA) June 4, 2022
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