Lackluster Murray loses to Gasquet

By for on
Andy Murray has lost his third round match at the Italian Open to 16th seed Richard Gasquet 7-6(1) 3-6 2-6. The Scot has suffered a dismal clay court season so far and today's performance did little to instill confidence ahead of the French Open.

The first set started well for Murray, who immediately earned three break points on Gasquets opening service game. Unfortunately he failed to convert any of them, setting the trend for the rest of the set. The Scot continued to spurn break points, earning and then losing ten in succession before finally breaking at the eleventh time of asking.

Murray held his lead until serving for the set when, predictably, he threw in a howler of a service game to gift the break back to his opponent. The subsequent tiebreak was surprisingly easy for the Scot, cantering through with the loss of a single point.

With Murray's apparent superiority on serve and Gasquet's famous mental strength (unkindly likened to a fermented dairy product), few pundits would have predicted what was about to transpire in the second and third sets.

The gurning, swearing, irritable, listless Murray made a dramatic re-appearance and his previously solid game imploded. Gasquet found uncommon mental resolve and demonstrated a delightful range of shot.

The nature of this defeat raises further question about Murray's fitness (he has been nursing a back injury, but refused to use this as an excuse in the post mach press conference) and the influence of Lendl.

Murray will next make an appearance at Roland Garros. On evidence so far this year, he'll be doing well to progress to the second week.
Andy Murray has lost his third round match at the Italian Open to 16th seed Richard Gasquet 7-6 3-6 2-6.

More to follow.

If you mean losses, that sounds about right!
May 17, 2012, 05:56 PM
By drchef

If you mean losses, that sounds about right!
May 17, 2012, 05:59 PM
By Mark


I think he means "more losses" to follow.
May 17, 2012, 06:03 PM
By OldScotSupport

May 17, 2012, 06:04 PM
By Mark

oh no spare us boogers' take on this match.   
May 17, 2012, 06:09 PM
By Ruthie

Alas, tough draw for Andy. He should practice for the FO, but most looking forward to seeing him on grass.
May 17, 2012, 06:09 PM
By janetx

Don't know what to think about Andy so far this season.  I would have bet my house (if I had one) on him beating Gasquet.

Yes he has a sore back but I don't believe that's the problem.  I worry the other players are now seeing him as beatable - much more so than in the past.

Come on Lendl - any answers?
May 17, 2012, 06:11 PM
By reef

It wasn't such a bad match at all that I saw.  Andy was not on top of it today that's all.  Gasquet was hot today.
May 17, 2012, 06:16 PM
By adb..OH

Please not Boogers take on the match nah Hazybear, where are you?
Didn't we all expect this after someone suggested the news from the practise courts wasn't good?
TBH, I'm convinced his back is still troubling him. This would explain why his serving has been even worse than usual.
He was not going to get past Ferrer anyway.
Conditions out there were so awful for both players, can't see how anyone could enjoy the match.
Clay court matches can be interminable....bring on the green  yay
Not disheartened or anything- Pollyanna lives yay
May 17, 2012, 06:22 PM
By blueberryhill

Yes he has a sore back but I don't believe that's the problem. 

Come on Lendl - any answers?

If your backs sore your serve is the first to go. Ask Fed.
May 17, 2012, 06:23 PM
By blueberryhill

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