That would be a horrific scoreline even against Rafa or Novak. He did seem to play well the first 2 games. Not sure what happened after that. Fingers crossed it was just a bad day.
What happened was the exact mirror of the R2 match he played against Kohlschreiber here in 2010 - same scoreline, same bizarre meltdown after two games, and same reaction from the spectators. The only difference is that then Andy was going through his awful post-AO slump, whereas this time he's fresh off after winning Miami.
Agreed!! He looked fit as a fiddle at the presser, so he was sniffing big deal. I sniff sometimes doesnt mean im sick.
Well I'm sitting here sniffling and have sneezed twice, but I'm certainly not unwell!
Andy looked physically OK to me too. All the tugging at his clothing, rubbing his face and sniffing had probably more to do with the fact that he was still sweating and a bit breathless from the match because he had gone straight to the presser room, probably to get the misery over with as quickly as possible, than an illness. I still say it was a bad day, although it did come as a bit of a surpise after Wednesday's performance - but then Andy isn't noted for his consistency. At least he went down to a player inside the top 20 who is an established clay-courter, and not a much lower-ranked qualifier with little or no pedigree on the surface.
From Andy himself -
“I made a lot of mistakes, from both sides ... I just looked at the stats on the way up the stairs. Twenty-four unforced errors is far too many. That’s a set’s worth. That’s where half the points went.
“He served well. He won some points from there. When I started making a lot of errors, I started hitting the ball shorter. Then he was able to dictate all of the points from there. When you do that on clay, when you make a lot of unforced errors, your response is to take your foot off the gas on the shots. If you don’t give any power or spin on the ball, it’s easy to let your opponent dictate the point.”
Also from the same source - http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/dreadful-andy-murray-beaten-and-booed-at-the-monte-carlo-masters-8578632.html
Being more aggressive has paid rich dividends for Murray in the last year, but on clay the balance between attack and defence can be harder to find. In going for his shots Murray kept making mistakes and when he became more cautious he allowed Wawrinka to dominate.