Andy Murray was left (almost) speechless after losing to 129th world rank, Vasek Pospisil in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters.
The World number one has never won the Indian Wells Masters, which has eluded his glittering career since 2006, and now he’ll have to wait another year to get that opportunity.
Murray has twice reached the semi-finals of the tournament but this continues to prove an Achilles heel for the British champ who has now been outed four times at this stage of the competition.
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When asked about his record in the tournament at the post-match conference, ESPN quoted him as saying" "I don’t know exactly why it is, because in practice I normally play pretty well."
Murray commented on his opponent’s performance, adding: "He [Pospisil] has always played that way, maybe he was doing it better this evening."
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The Scot also conceded that he was making mistakes in the early stages of rallies. Perhaps an excuse, or maybe just a frank assessment of his failings in the match.
Pospisil said: "It’s an amazing feeling."
So what went wrong for Murray this time around?
Sky Sports reported that Murray was ‘sluggish’ from the start and, by Murray’s own admission, his downfall began in the first set.
"I served a few double faults, especially in the first set at important moments, which didn’t help," he added.
Pospisil also broke Murray’s serve four times, which is effectively using Murray’s own weapon against him as the British number one is well known for his aggressive play and winning and breaking serves from his opponents.
The first set was going Murray’s way as he led 4-2 but Pospisil hit back with six game wins to take the first set 6-4.
The second went to a tie break, in which Murray was left second best again in a 7-5 loss, a crosscourt shot winning the set and the match for the Canadian.
How can Murray repair his reputation after such an early exit?
Murray already lost in the fourth-round of the Australian Open to Mischa Zverev in January and despite winning in Dubai against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco this shock defeat means Murray needs to regain that aggression in his play that has been lacking and what made him so successful last year.
Murray plays in the Miami Open later this month, hoping to win his third title.
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