• Murray puzzled by quick loss at Indian Wells

    3/12/12 6:38 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Murray puzzled by quick loss at Indian Wells A frustrated Andy Murray will get back to work as he tries to pick up the pieces after crashing from the Indian Wells Masters for a second straight year.

    The fourth seed was puzzled after a 6-4, 6-2 defeat against Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

    Murray will soon fly to Florida to hook up again with coach Ivan Lendl. He has more than a week before the Miami Masters and a chance to redeem his tennis.

    "Over the course of the year you might have one bad tournament, But I started the year really well (winning) Brisbane, (making a semi-final) at the Australian Open and (playing the final) at Dubai," he said.

    "It was day and night coming in here compared to last year. It's just frustrating to lose. I normally look forward to this part of the year. I've struggled the last few years and I don't know why, I didn't play my best tennis and I need to turn it around in time for Miami.

    "I've had bad losses before and come back better. My goal for the next two weeks is to prepare for Miami and get myself playing very well again."

    Murray cannot figure out what went wrong, with his form much improved over this time a year ago. "Last year, mentally I probably wasn't in the right place (after losing the Australian Open final). I didn't play well here and in Miami and it took a lot of hard work to turn that around.

    "But this year was completely the opposite. There was a reason why I didn't play well and I'll have to find that reason and address it."

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There are a few small but important issues in his play. One look at the game#6 of set#1 will reveal how he waited for Lopez to donate him the break. He lacked focus and did not show any kind of urgency or the urge to force the issue when up 40-0 with his opponent serving. It was lackadaisical and awful to watch him at that stage. He lost the set and match in those few points. Greats, nay, champions by habit seize opportunities however small and he lost a horde of them.

He is a good mover but is not agile in a sense a la the Joke, the Bull and the Oldy. Needs to grow up and learn to agitate in the mind without demonstrating frustration over self.

newfangkc , 3/12/12 8:25 PM

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