Andy Murray's slump of form got worse today in Monte Carlo during a 6-2 6-1 defeat to German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Murray opened up the match promisingly, holding serve to love, but from then on he went rapidly downhill. He seemed unable to do anything well or effectively. Not a single shot functioned anywhere near its capability and he was fortunate to get another game towards the end of the first set, and one at the beginning of the second.
In less than an hour Murray left the court to boos and whistles, and deserved it as well. It seems that Murray has forgotten how to play tennis.
Fans discussing the news on the MurraysWorld discussion board were disappointed and concerned by the result:
Aileen said: "I feel like crying in total despair - hearing our No. 1 being booed by the crowd is just awful. "
Boogers added: "Much more of this and he won't be fighting to stay in the top four, he'll be fighting to stay in the top ten."Murray's comments
Murray's interview (1 video)
I wasn't very good today.
It was the first time in a few years that the court felt so small.
I just could not find the court. When it's like that, it's difficult to play.
I tried different things. I tried serve and volleying a couple of times. I tried hitting some high balls. It did not really make a whole lot of difference.