Murray suffers disappointing defeat to Wawrinka

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Andy Murray has been knocked out of this year's US Open in straight sets, losing 4-6, 3-6, 2-6 to Stanislas Wawrinka.

It was a disappointingly one-sided match, with Murray being unable to find his best tennis against an opponent in inspired form. His return game, usually one of his main strengths, was lacking, and he was unable to create any break point opportunities. In contrast, the Swiss player's return game was clicking and he successfully attacked Murray's second serve throughout the match, putting the Scot on the defensive and out of position.

Although this was a well below-par performance from Murray, who seemed to struggle to hit through the breezy conditions, credit has to go to the Swiss for the level of tennis he brought to the match. His powerful groundstrokes were lethal on the backhand and especially the forehand side, consistently landing deep and close to the lines, pushing the world number 3 back.



In the first set, as in the match as a whole, it was Wawrinka who was pushing Murray in many of his service games while holding with relative ease. The key moment came when Murray was serving to stay in the set at *4-5. Five set points came and went, with Murray digging deep to get himself out of trouble but still making uncharacteristic unforced errors, especially on the forehand side. At the final deuce, the world number 10 accelerated on a forehand into the corner, setting up his fifth set point. On the break point, Murray's serve down the middle was returned crosscourt to an excellent length and his forehand sailed long; his resistance was over and the set was Wawrinka's.

The Swiss kept up the pressure on Murray, threatening to break him in his first service game of the second set. Although the Brit held, the signs were ominous. Wawrinka kept up the aggressive play, pouncing on any short balls, pounding cross-court groundstrokes into the corners and transitioning effectively to the net.

In the fifth game,  unforced errors again leaked into the world number 3's tennis and he was soon down 0-40. Wawrinka broke with a huge forehand return that set up a crisp backhand into the corner.

Murray managed to extend Wawrinka to 30-30 as he was serving out the second set, but the Swiss was playing with a huge level of self-belief and pounded down an unreturnable serve to take him to set point. Murray missed the return on the next point, a recurring theme of the day's tennis, and the Swiss had a two set lead.

Although the Brit held after being taken to deuce in the first game of the third set, he was broken in his next service game. In somewhat of a lucky moment for Wawrinka, he flirted with the netcord before the ball bobbled over on Murray's side; the Scot netted in reply, setting up another break point for the Swiss. Murray double-faulted, handing the break to Wawrinka.

With Murray serving at *2-4, more errors crept into his game when he least wanted them, and a searing passing shot by Wawrinka saw Murray go down a double break.

What little hope Murray had left was channelled into the last game. With Wawrinka serving for the match at *5-2, Murray managed to get to 0-30 after a double fault followed by a crunching return. But he wasn't able to take advantage, and Wawrinka sealed his win with an overhead winner.

Murray will hope to regroup from this defeat as quickly as possible. He will next be in action in the Davis Cup, where Great Britain take on Croatia in a world group play-off tie in Umag from 13-15 September.
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oh ! i am so sad for him !

we have to think that tomorrow will be better  !
September 05, 2013, 11:53 PM
By LIBANY

He looks knackered in the picture above. Maybe he was ill or something, hence why he couldn't make it close, also rarely showed emotion throughout the match.
September 06, 2013, 12:08 AM
By Connor

Very depressing result, what a difference a year makes, last year we were dejected at Wimbledon and elated at the USO, this year exactly the opposite.

He needs to get his mojo back as he's clearly struggling with motivation and confidence, maybe losing here will shake him out of his malaise, we know how much he hates to lose and this is the first time he's lost so emphatically since 2010, ironically the last time was to the exact same player.

I'm convinced he will bounce back, but i have my doubts wether it will be anytime soon, maybe the upcoming DC match will be good for him, to hang around with the other GB players might instill him with some passion again as at the moment he's like Rocky Balboa in Rocky 3, he needs to get his eye of the tiger back.
September 06, 2013, 01:33 AM
By The Gnome

Andy must be gutted.

Hope he steers clear of the crap that's 'out there' about him. That's what I do.

If by some miracle he occasionally reads this forum, just want to say:

Andy, you are brilliant, and we are lucky to have you and follow your incredible journey.  clap
September 06, 2013, 01:35 AM
By scotnadian

Andy must be gutted.

Hope he steers clear of the crap that's 'out there' about him. That's what I do.

If by some miracle he occasionally reads this forum, just want to say:

Andy, you are brilliant, and we are lucky to have you and follow your incredible journey.  clap
Join you in that thought.
September 06, 2013, 01:58 AM
By myren

In truth he's struggled to get out of second gear since Wimbledon...needed to go deep in one of those masters series IMO just to see where his game was at... I know last year he managed to get through battles against Lopez and cilic to find his level but the field proved to be to strong this year.

The disappointing thing was that he'd pretty much decided after losing that first set that he wasn't going to win the match... You'd expect more from a defending champion.
September 06, 2013, 07:13 AM
By Johnny Handsome

Come on peeps, this time last year he had zero slams.  yay
Clearly from post match interview he needs to re-group after Wimbles. Was a huge moment psychologically. Heck that last game was probably the most tense and stressful I have ever seen. Well, actually I lie, I watched it from the bottom of the garden Whistle
Andy must've been shredded after it.  Think
He  needs space and time to recover. thumb up
September 06, 2013, 07:17 AM
By blueberryhill

Good report Kate.  Andy lived through a nightmare yesterday because his game had taken a holiday.  Hopefully he'll find some bounce back in the Davis Cip next week.  Right now it feels like a change is as good as rest.
September 06, 2013, 07:37 AM
By circe

Andy must be gutted.

Hope he steers clear of the crap that's 'out there' about him. That's what I do.

If by some miracle he occasionally reads this forum, just want to say:

Andy, you are brilliant, and we are lucky to have you and follow your incredible journey.  clap

Whilst I share your heartfelt words, I hope he stays clear of the character assasinations on here!         
September 06, 2013, 07:48 AM
By Bevc

Scotnadian says it all with her words. The bad thing is not Andy losing but the way he lost. So often he finds a way through a competitor who is playing very well but last night  he could find nothing except heartache. Excellent report Katie. Maybe he can find his game at Davis Cup and I do hope it will help him to recover his confidence which was so clearly lacking last night.
September 06, 2013, 08:08 AM
By janscribe

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