The former World No. 1, Andy Murray has been defeated by World No. 8, Andrey Rublev in the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam. After his 7-5, 6-2 loss to a 23-year-old, Murray was annoyed as it was his most encouraging performance over a year.
The 33-year-old went head-to-head before the Russian claimed his victory. The game-changing moment of the match came at 5-5 when Murray dropped his serve from 30 to 0. Despite the defeat, Murray took time to find positives in his performance and belief that playing matches against such powerful players will help him improve his level.
He felt disappointed to mess the end of the first setup. He made errors that were unacceptable from his end. Further, those mistakes summed up and annoyed him even more which affected him in the second set.
“There were some good things in there and I am disappointed because I messed the end of the first setup. I probably should have won the first set,” said Murray.
“I would like to be kinder to myself when I’m on the court.”
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- Andy Murray “stopped following all the tennis players” since he was forced to miss the AO season of 2021 due to Covid-19
Andy Murray’s opinion of the game
However, Muzzard wishes to play at this level as he learned a lot from the match against Andy. According to Muzza, issues, and mistakes that one makes get amplified more at this level. It is all about getting that balance right, between getting enough matches and then also playing at a level where one can learn and pick things up as quickly as possible. And that will eventually add up to achieve splendid success at future tournaments.
Lastly, he draws out his inaccuracies from the last match, that he was not up to the mark and needs to improve himself a lot.
Murray is now expected to play at the Dubai Tennis Championships and Miami Open later in March. His low ranking will be around 108 next week ensuring he is in line for some tough first-round draws.
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