Murray blitzed by Kohlschreiber

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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:
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.


Murray's interview:
BBC Sport - Tennis - I played badly in Monte Carlo defeat - Andy Murray
It's sad to see any top athlete lose his mojo .... he'll get it back (with the right help!).
April 14, 2010, 04:42 PM
By Daisy

Yeah, he'll get it back eventually... I think the latest he'll find his form is at Wimbledon but hopefully the French Open will do it for him.
April 14, 2010, 04:45 PM
By Mark

Yeah, he'll get it back eventually... I think the latest he'll find his form is at Wimbledon.

Is that your intuition speaking?
April 14, 2010, 04:46 PM
By boogers

And of course I disagree ..... a bit later I think -  he'll be fine by the time Flushing Meadows appears on the horizon ...
April 14, 2010, 04:46 PM
By Daisy

Is that your intuition speaking?
Not this time... I think a Grand Slam event will always bring back Murray's form - that's what really motivates him.
April 14, 2010, 04:47 PM
By Mark

Something is deeply wrong atm thats for sure. I saw him play against Robin Haase in Rotterdam in 2008. I thought that was bad. This was much worse.

I think the AO loss has hit him harder than we think. Perhaps for the first time he is doubting whether he has the game to win a GS. That can't be doing much for his confidence. The interest seems to have gone altogether. I have never seen anyone who looked like they wanted to get off the court faster. I mean people actually paid to see that. No wonder he got booed. Damn, he even accepted a wildcard and got a bye!

I actually try to avoid a knee jerk reaction as much as I can but this was trully appalling in every sense of the word. He should seriously not bother playing at all if he's gonna play like that, simply out of respect to his opponent if nothing else. Kohli looked almost a bit weary at the end.

I hope he gets his head back sometime soon. Forget grand slams, forget trophies in fact. Think about winning a match!
April 14, 2010, 04:52 PM
By nestingus

 Good posting! ^
April 14, 2010, 04:53 PM
By Daisy

We all thought the Fish match was the lowest it could go but that was a new low.  Back to back first round exits, in Masters 1000 tournaments is shocking.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 
April 14, 2010, 04:56 PM
By Geo

At least he's still in the doubles, hopefully he and Rosco can get past the Bryans and Andy will get a bit more match practice on clay, doubles seem more relaxed as well so may do him some good.
April 14, 2010, 04:56 PM
By KitKat

Good posting! ^

I needed to vent - forums are good for that! :-D
April 14, 2010, 04:57 PM
By nestingus

^ Good stuff.  I think he's hit the wall, personally and professionly.  Goodness knows why?  Such a pity.
April 14, 2010, 05:00 PM
By Elly

Any post match interview yet?
April 14, 2010, 05:06 PM
By Mollym

Any post match interview yet?

Some comments from the BBC report:

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.


April 14, 2010, 05:12 PM
By Joe

At least he's still in the doubles, hopefully he and Rosco can get past the Bryans and Andy will get a bit more match practice on clay, doubles seem more relaxed as well so may do him some good.

Bugger the doubles.
April 14, 2010, 05:20 PM
By Grabcopy

We all thought the Fish match was the lowest it could go but that was a new low.  Back to back first round exits, in Masters 1000 tournaments is shocking.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 
Give the guy a break, the media'll probably come down on him like a ton of bricks as it is.  Any sympathy invoked in Oz will have vanished by now.

Something has gone seriously wrong.  My own feeling was that he should have taken a break from tennis after Miami and seen a sports psychologist.  The one that helped him back in 2007 was prepared to offer his services again.  But this therapy doesn't work overnight and I'd rather see Murray take 2 months off to get his head right than risking going on losing, losing and losing.  Nothing wrong with a respectable slide down the rankings.  What really worries me though is that he actually seemed to WANT to play in Monte, so I felt quite hopeful, but if he tries to keep going like this in the belief things will suddenly become right, then he's deluding himself.     
April 14, 2010, 05:35 PM
By Fraser

Some comments from the BBC report:

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.


That all sounds very ominous and backs up what I said earlier.  He's totally lost.
April 14, 2010, 05:40 PM
By Fraser

Hey George183...remember? Guess this is where I can say told you so, eh? Even I am confused with this thumping???????
April 14, 2010, 06:17 PM
By Buhweet

Not this time... I think a Grand Slam event will always bring back Murray's form - that's what really motivates him.
Hate to disagree but the 3 set match format is where Andy's at (or was) at his best. At least he won matches in Slams, though never the bacon. What's he gunna do in a Slam at this point, get thumped 3 sets instead of 2?
April 14, 2010, 06:25 PM
By Buhweet

At this rate he might not even be asked to join the David Cup Team later in the year;)
April 14, 2010, 06:27 PM
By David

Hate to disagree but the 3 set match format is where Andy's at (or was) at his best. At least he won matches in Slams, though never the bacon. What's he gunna do in a Slam at this point, get thumped 3 sets instead of 2?
The one thing that always guarantees Murray to be on top form is fire in his belly and what gets him fired up the most? Playing at Grand Slams.

Yes he's best at 3 set matches but he won't get fired up before a tournament unless it's a Slam.
April 14, 2010, 06:29 PM
By Mark

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