Murray suffers second round exit

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Andy Murray surrendered a set and a break lead to succumb to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat to German Florian Mayer in Doha today.



The Brit started strong and broke in the fifth game, courtesy of a brilliant return. Looking full of confidence he fended off a bit of danger on his own serve before breaking again for the set, and then raced away to a 3-0 lead in the second, having won five games in succession.

But then it all started to unravel.

Murray’s serve started to falter, and Mayer responded in kind, breaking back and going on to win five games in a row. The Brit was losing his composure and slammed his racquet to the ground in anger, as the German served it out with little ado.

Mayer was in the zone now and broke immediately in the third. The Scot was struggling to make any impact against the serve and the world number 40 forged out a 4-2 lead before breaking again to put the final nail in Murray’s coffin. The German then served it out with ease to book his place in the final eight, leaving the British number one to dwell on what could have been.

It is not the return Murray had in mind, who will now head into the Australian Open in 12 days’ time with minimal match practice.

The fact that he capitulated a set and 3-0 lead in such fashion is deeply concerning. Unfortunately it's clear that he's going to be an absolute non factor at the Australian Open.
January 01, 2014, 02:50 PM
By boogers

sorry for shouting but
IT WAS HIS 2ND MATCH BACK AFTER THE OPERATION - COMPETITIVE MATCH BEFORE ANYONE SAYS ANYTHING - WELL 1ST AS YESTERDAYS CANT BE TAKEN FOR ANYTHING AS THAT WASNT EVEN A PROPER MATCH REALLY.  Geezzz honestly anyone would think that it was the end of the world that he loses a match after 4 months out and only being able to "practice" for 7 weeks of the off season!!!!!

Sorry but honestly i dont get it, how people can say they are fans yet not understand it will take a while to get back after the lay off! he isnt RAFA
January 01, 2014, 03:02 PM
By eeyorebob

TBH I have no expectation of his performance at the AO. Some people on here are taking his back surgery and the recovery from it, far too lightly. A friend of mine said she was amazed anyone would want to go on playing after back surgery!
Around the time of RG I might start having a wee bit of expectation back.
As for "capitulation" in the third, none of us knows why that happened, could be many reasons, but only Andy knows and we should not try to second guess him.
@eeyorerob
Gr8 to have you on board. Many of us find the extreme negativity when Andy loses, very disheartening.
January 01, 2014, 03:04 PM
By blueberryhill

sorry for shouting but
IT WAS HIS 2ND MATCH BACK AFTER THE OPERATION - COMPETITIVE MATCH BEFORE ANYONE SAYS ANYTHING - WELL 1ST AS YESTERDAYS CANT BE TAKEN FOR ANYTHING AS THAT WASNT EVEN A PROPER MATCH REALLY.  Geezzz honestly anyone would think that it was the end of the world that he loses a match after 4 months out and only being able to "practice" for 7 weeks of the off season!!!!!

Sorry but honestly i dont get it, how people can say they are fans yet not understand it will take a while to get back after the lay off! he isnt RAFA
Thank you for saying what needs to be said.  There may be occasions when criticism is justified but this isn't one of them.  This is time to support.

Andy had back surgery - it will take time and lots of wins and losses before he is consistently competitive.  I think sometimes we are addicted to a fictional feel good Hollywood ending - RAFA notwithstanding - real life recovery is more complicated.
January 01, 2014, 03:36 PM
By myren

You are right BBH we have a certain person called BOGGERS who only sems to post when Andy looses. He seems to take extreme joy in rubbishing him. Maybe he should remember he is the Olympic and Wimbledon Champion or maybe he has short term memory loss. What he seems to be saying that Andy should come out with all guns blazing, what he seems to forget is that Andy had back surgery.He will need time to get back to playing well but he must be too thick to understand that.
January 01, 2014, 03:40 PM
By Littlebuddha

Thank you for saying what needs to be said.  There may be occasions when criticism is justified but this isn't one of them.  This is time to support.

Andy had back surgery - it will take time and lots of wins and losses before he is consistently competitive.  I think sometimes we are addicted to a fictional feel good Hollywood ending - RAFA notwithstanding - real life recovery is more complicated.

We really can go by RAFA - for a start that was knees rather than back - much much different! I am supporting Andy fully regardless of win/loss - I'm used to it, have supported him since he went pro back in 2005!
I get annoyed when people expect him to bounce immediatly back after surgery, have you tried it?!!!
January 01, 2014, 03:41 PM
By eeyorebob

You are right BBH we have a certain person called BOGGERS who only sems to post when Andy looses. He seems to take extreme joy in rubbishing him. Maybe he should remember he is the Olympic and Wimbledon Champion or maybe he has short term memory loss. What he seems to be saying that Andy should come out with all guns blazing, what he seems to forget is that Andy had back surgery.He will need time to get back to playing well but he must be too thick to understand that.

Hes just a complete ***** boogers that is not andy lol
January 01, 2014, 03:41 PM
By angiebabez

The fact that he capitulated a set and 3-0 lead in such fashion is deeply concerning. Unfortunately it's clear that he's going to be an absolute non factor at the Australian Open.

Why? It's not the first time he's lost a match when he's been in a convincing lead.
January 01, 2014, 03:45 PM
By ProdigyEng

What he seems to be saying that Andy should come out with all guns blazing

Where have I said, or implied, that?
January 01, 2014, 03:45 PM
By boogers

Why? It's not the first time he's lost a match when he's been in a convincing lead.

Well, the usual excuse that's trotted out when that happens is "oh, it's just a 250/500/Masters event, Andy only really gets interested in slams". This time round you'd have thought he'd have a keen desire to play a few more matches...
January 01, 2014, 03:47 PM
By boogers

Well, the usual excuse that's trotted out when that happens is "oh, it's just a 250/500/Masters event, Andy only really gets interested in slams". This time round you'd have thought he'd have a keen desire to play a few more matches...
Totally agree with you on that. I don't think he tanked or anything like that, just blew the lead.
January 01, 2014, 03:48 PM
By ProdigyEng

Thanks for the match report. I didn't get to see it, and just found out the result.

Ah well.. shame Andy didn't get much match practise.  I was really relishing a possible match with Rafa (it's been waaay too long.)

I liked to hear he smashed his racquet. Shows his passion is still intact.

January 01, 2014, 03:51 PM
By scotnadian

The fact that he capitulated a set and 3-0 lead in such fashion is deeply concerning. Unfortunately it's clear that he's going to be an absolute non factor at the Australian Open.

It's clear that you're a non factor on this forum
January 01, 2014, 03:54 PM
By The Gnome

It's clear that you're a non factor on this forum

As a non-factor I seem to be generating quite a lot of posts. lol
January 01, 2014, 03:58 PM
By boogers

So sad to watch Andy drop from a set and break point up to losing the match. However, despite my disappointment, it was obvious that he was short of match fitness.

In the first set, he was all over Mayer and that continued until he was 3-0 up in the second. To me, he was quite apparently tiring and that caused his wayward play. I doubt that Andy is 100% match fit, although health-wise, he is probably there. Let's just see what happens at AO.

I was looking forward to his possible match-up with Ferrer, thus maybe reclaiming his no 3 spot. Ah well! Such is life

January 01, 2014, 04:13 PM
By OldScotSupport

Murray had his op on the 25th September. 13 weeks ago. What riles me is the unrealistic expectation of some people. On the 27th December he beat Warwrinka in straight sets.

By the sounds of it he just ran out of steam/energy.

If his ranking drops, then so be it. Not ideal, but it happens to other players. If he never regains the same level then so be it.  He will either get back on track or not. Either way he has got two Grand Slams and an Olympic Gold and Silver Medal.

I can never understand why there are people on this forum who immediately jump on him as soon as he fails to meet their exacting standards. Why on earth don't they support Nadal, Djokovic or Federer.

Non of us on here know exactly what was done or how it has effected him, or for that matter what damage might have been caused by playing for so long with a duff back.

Why can't we just be a bit understanding about the fact that had an operation 3 months ago, and it is going to take him a while to get back into things again. He might never manage it.

No realistically he isn't going to do well at the AO. As far as I am concerned stuff the AO he has got Wimbledon.

Just leave the poor sod alone. He knows what he is doing. If he is not good enough for you, then too bad. Grow up and live with it.  Murray losing any match - disappointing.  The reactions of some people on here, who seem to think he does it deliberately, make me dispair of my fellow beings sometimes.
January 01, 2014, 04:37 PM
By Masaka

Well said Masaka - my viewpoint exactly, if he never wins another slam i dont care - he got Wimbledon! - hopefully he will get that a few more times, but if not so be it.  I am totally with you, the recovery period will take time, h may have had the op 13 weeks ago, but he only began his training 7 weeks ago - and that wasnt full training either he has had to take that slowly - is anyone having a go at Verdasco (who also lost today) or Ross Hutchins (who with Colin in their first match back also lost a 3 setter?) no? so why the difference?  Rafa is now into a 3rd set to progress too, if he loses will he get the same slating? I just don't understand it.  He may choose to play the AO (Andy that is) he may decide he is not fit enough, who cares? the only people who have any bearing on that decision are him and his team! I'd like to see any of us have an op 13 weeks ago and then come back and immediately start winning everything!!!
January 01, 2014, 04:42 PM
By eeyorebob

 Good posting!   x2
January 01, 2014, 04:44 PM
By wimbledonwestie

I agree Westie. Good posting!  Thank goodness for the voices of sanity and reason on here.
January 01, 2014, 04:55 PM
By Aileen

Masaka, I trust your comments re poor supporters does not include me.

I shall continue being a loyal AM man whatever his future playing successes or failings
January 01, 2014, 04:57 PM
By OldScotSupport

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