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

Andy is not being very successful on clay this year and we all had such high hopes. Hope Ivan can pull him around before his confidence goes for a burton completely. There are certainly some exciting matches on just now.                               
May 17, 2012, 06:30 PM
By janscribe

Beginning to wish Grabcopys april fool article hadnt been a joke.

Forcing myself to watch the match b4 I comment because otherwise it will be negative. I am really disappointed and now concerned about RG. I dont think he will get very far there but am concerned he will be disappointed if he doesnt, dont want it to affect his grass play.

May 17, 2012, 06:35 PM
By Tessie

Yes,I agree what is going on. As I mentioned earlier he was playing this time last year far better. he is going to loose a lot of points in the next few months unless he gets his game in gear. For 4th in the world it is poor. I am a great follower of Andy and I have tickets for the O2 in November but at the moment i cannot see him being there
May 17, 2012, 07:01 PM
By jdonald

oh come on jdonald , thats a bit pessimistic imo

Remember there is a BIG difference between clay court Andy & grass/hardcourt Andy !!!

Are u actually saying you dont think he will be in the top 8 by years end ???  I would hold on to your tickets if I were you !!

I wanna hear what Andy has to say re this match , someone tweeted that he has acknowledged the back issue , and has said it has been since December
May 17, 2012, 07:12 PM
By ljs

I wanna hear what Andy has to say re this match , someone tweeted that he has acknowledged the back issue , and has said it has been since December
Was about to post about that tweet. Also want to know what Andy said afterwards. unsure
May 17, 2012, 07:15 PM
By Allan

Since december?   That sounds worrying.  But surely no sign of it at AO and other tournos where he did well?  Oh and I want to hear what Andy has to say too, but he isn't always very forthcoming about injuries and doesn't like to hide behind them.  And it's easy to deflect questioning with the other guy was just too good today type answers, so we may not learn that much.
May 17, 2012, 07:16 PM
By Ruthie

If that is the case why continue sort the back out. Clay is the worst service to play if you have a back problem. I still say he will have problems in the next few months unless he gets this sorted, I have had back problems but i8 do not play tennis at Andy's level.
May 17, 2012, 07:26 PM
By jdonald

Just read he has had problems since December certaintly not good news with the months ahead. He must get this sorted. He should have not played the lkast tournaments. Very sorry to hear this, with Queens and Wimbledon looming.l
May 17, 2012, 07:29 PM
By jdonald

It would be interesting to know the exact nature of the problem.  I suspect most sportsmen suffer varying back injuries during their careers - Tim Henman retired mainly due to chronic issues with his back (so I read somewhere).

It's a concern, but no doubt it has been fully diagnosed and treatment is ongoing.  It will be a worry for Andy though especially with all those points to defend.  I suspect he feels the implications for his future goals and prospects even more now he has turned 25.  Rafa is constantly struggling with his body but had already managed to achieve so much before it began to let him down - as for the others, Fed is always the role model for `body management' (though I'm sure he has also been fortunate).... Nole - I'm not sure about.
May 17, 2012, 07:30 PM
By reef

Bit vague.. but found this so far:

World No. 4 Andy Murray failed to reach the quarter-finals for just the second time this season, falling to 16th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-2. Both players created 17 break point chances; Gasquet capitalised six times and Murray twice.

"It was a big match and I was a little disappointed for losing the first set," admitted Gasquet. "One hour, 20 minutes is tiring for me and very tough, but then I started to play well and I broke him in the first game of the second set and I started to feel comfortable with my serve."

Murray had also been tested in his opening match against David Nalbandian on Tuesday, before overcoming the Argentine with a late break in the third set. "Similar to the other night," reflected the British No. 1. "Long match and sore back towards the end, but I was expecting that coming to the tournament. I didn’t take a break from training and playing a lot, but the muscles are more tired and fatigued."

May 17, 2012, 07:32 PM
By scotnadian

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