Murray ousted by Coric

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Andy Murray's disappointing season continued with a 6-3 6-3 defeat in the Madrid Masters third round at the hands of lucky loser Borna Coric.



Following defeats in Monte Carlo and Barcelona to players he would have eaten for breakfast in 2016, Murray's concerning form after injury does not appear to be improving yet.

Murray was broken three times by the young Croatian in the first set.

The telling stat was the 35% second serve point wins that Murray posted, despite landing 62% of first serves and winning 69% of points when he did.

Murray only managed one break of the Coric serve overall and was broken once himself in the second set on the way to another early tournament exit.

Murray now has only Rome in his schedule, where he is seeded to meet the unpredictable Fabio Fognini in the second round, before the French Open begins on May 28th.
 
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May 12, 2017, 06:02 AM
By blueberryhill

I am not being funny here but does anyone think that now is the perfect time for Andy to retire? Like Nico Rosberg in F1, retire while at the very top, world number one?
It would be sad to see the man lose to Coric and worse on a regular basis. He is carrying injuries and wants to spend more time with the family. And, at 30 now, he can retire as a legend and put something back into tennis and its UK structure plus follow his business career.
May 12, 2017, 07:32 AM
By spiderman

No way. He has a good couple of years at least left. I think he puts himself under pressure trying to return from injury too soon.
May 12, 2017, 07:46 AM
By Alan11

I am not being funny here but does anyone think that now is the perfect time for Andy to retire? Like Nico Rosberg in F1, retire while at the very top, world number one?
It would be sad to see the man lose to Coric and worse on a regular basis. He is carrying injuries and wants to spend more time with the family. And, at 30 now, he can retire as a legend and put something back into tennis and its UK structure plus follow his business career.

How many times has the media had Nadal and Federer retiring because they've hit a lull?  Andy will sort out his problems and be back to winning ways never fear.
May 12, 2017, 08:02 AM
By Robon

No way. He has a good couple of years at least left. I think he puts himself under pressure trying to return from injury too soon.

So agree with first point but not the second. He is a born competitor and he is just not doing enough. I know he was injured but at some point you have to just forget that and get on with it. He was able to play long before with a reduced serve speed.

If I were him I would have tried to play matches earlier after his injury. There were plenty of lower level tournaments to test himself. I do wonder though if he has lost some motivation from being too analytical rather than be competitive. His games of late to me lack much excitement. I am just hoping for a magic spark to appear.
May 13, 2017, 11:06 PM
By marathonarthur

^ What clay tournaments do you think he should have played before MC? Bear in mind he only started serving the week before MC, not to mention that he needs time to adjust to clay. After MC he played Barcelona the next week. Then had to go and do press stuff back in London, then wen't to Madrid. Given how vulnerable his serve was in MC playing a tournament before it whilst serving even worse than he did at Fed's exho in Zurich, his serve would have been killed by virtually any player he faced at a 250 tournament. We're talking Houston or Morocco being the only ATP tournaments after Miami and before MC.

Not just his serve which is an issue - movement, little variety being used, errors all over, intensity and focus seem erratic. The lack of proper clay training block - 10-14 days as in 2015 and 2016 - seems a big issue to me. Feel that is likely to he the root of his movement issues, and all round state of his game on clay right now.

Things like focus, motivation and intensity need to come from within himself, but the past suggests he needs someone to help him with that.
May 13, 2017, 11:52 PM
By amongsttheleaves

^  I bow to your greater knowledge. You are probably right.

I was seeing reports of him training and noted that there were lower level tournaments involving other top 50 players where he could have tested a lot. He could have played doubles to limit the amount of serving. To my mind he will get to the French Open having played far too little tennis.  I have always found, with my various sports participated in, that I competed well even when unfit or struggling with injuries previously because of competitive attitude. Andy was like that too.

There are dangers with that approach if the injury was severe. Those competitive will play to a high standard just because we focus and just do not notice pains.

I did play tennis but not to any superb level but never had the sort of problem that apparently Andy suffered so cannot tell what he was able to do. His press releases said that it was only serving that was a problem and then it was just that he was unable to get much power and speed. I assumed from that he could play then to a high level.

I think that we agree that his play at present, lacks a lot though. When I start to run after any sort of break a good ploy is to compete and train away from the usual foes so there is no comparison with previous expectations. This enables more confidence to be re-established. At present with Andy that seems gone.

This next event in Rome now has become a must do well event if only to get some games in and counter the low self-confidence. A pity that he starts with Fognini for that will be difficult. Would have preferred a Raonic or any hard court player.

I am just hoping that something inspires him soon so he can play the great tennis he is usually able to show us.


May 14, 2017, 01:51 PM
By marathonarthur

He wasn't just coping with injury.    There was shingles to cope with and the recovery time from that seems to be a bit open ended.    I think the lacklustre performances were perhaps as much to do with the illness as the injury.
May 14, 2017, 02:10 PM
By Iluvandy

How many times has the media had Nadal and Federer retiring because they've hit a lull?  Andy will sort out his problems and be back to winning ways never fear.

LOL. Exactly. Fed should be doing the gardening by now. Rafa's body should have collapsed. Instead they are world number 1 and 2 winning everything in sight. I think Andy may have a year off. You could say he's earned it. He's the best British player since Mottram. I say he may have a year off but even now he'll be amongst the favourites for the French. He has a fanatastic record at RG and he tends to raise his level at the Slams. It's entirely possible the lack of matches will mean he is far fresher than normal going into a Slam.
May 14, 2017, 04:40 PM
By BigNose

Fed and Rafa are not world No. 1 and 2.
May 14, 2017, 04:59 PM
By Iluvandy

OK but they are on current form ie. in the race rankings
May 14, 2017, 05:01 PM
By BigNose

OK but they are on current form ie. in the race rankings


Not the same thing.
May 14, 2017, 05:10 PM
By Iluvandy


Not the same thing.

No they are not
May 14, 2017, 05:48 PM
By BigNose

^    Glad we agree.    Andy worked very hard for that World No. 1.
May 14, 2017, 05:50 PM
By Iluvandy

LOL. Exactly. Fed should be doing the gardening by now. Rafa's body should have collapsed. Instead they are world number 1 and 2 winning everything in sight. I think Andy may have a year off. You could say he's earned it. He's the best British player since Mottram. I say he may have a year off but even now he'll be amongst the favourites for the French. He has a fanatastic record at RG and he tends to raise his level at the Slams. It's entirely possible the lack of matches will mean he is far fresher than normal going into a Slam.

Best player since Mottram?  What did Mottram ever do?
May 14, 2017, 10:32 PM
By Robon

How many times has the media had Nadal and Federer retiring because they've hit a lull?  Andy will sort out his problems and be back to winning ways never fear.
I agree Robon, and if some patience is required until that happens, then so be it.  After all it won't be the first lull Andy's ever had - and look at what he's achieved now!
May 14, 2017, 11:08 PM
By Aileen

I agree Andy will sort himself out.  We can be patient, but it isn't in Andy's nature.  Hopefully he can go deep at Rome, and be in good form for the French Open.  I think the monumental effort to get to No 1 last year took its toll mentally and physically.  Also, I think last year was the first year that he had a good clay season, so his expectations were high this year.  He's always had trouble adjusting to different surfaces, and this year it's taking longer.  Having a slump when you're #1 with #2 4000 points behind isn't the end of the world.
May 15, 2017, 03:05 PM
By BigV

Also, I think last year was the first year that he had a good clay season, so his expectations were high this year.

Andy's expectations on clay were high last year.

Andy first had a decent clay season in 2011, but he moonballed a lot on the forehand side, and he still struggled with his movement a lot, then his back troubles began to cause him more issues in 2012, on 2013 it was too bad for him to play a full season. In 2014 he showed a lot of grit on the clay, but his serve was pretty poor and he was still very uncomfortable with his movement and point construction.

That all changed in 2015 when he really worked on his point construction, his tactics, his returning, and his movement over a two week training block in Barcelona. He then won his first two titles on clay, played a good French Open but got an untimely virus and a crappy draw. It was a really good clay season for Andy, just had the misforune of bad SF draw, which happened again at Wimbledon a few weeks later.

In 2016 he struggled with his movement a bit in Monte Carlo. Then went to Mallorca for a ten day training block. Then went onto reach the final in Madrid, win Rome, and the final in Paris. It was his best clay season, but not his first good season on clay.
May 15, 2017, 03:19 PM
By amongsttheleaves

Looking back over the years, Andy does seem to pick up a lot of viruses which makes me wonder just how efficient his immune system is, and all that air travel and being in crowded locker-rooms won't help.
May 15, 2017, 03:55 PM
By Aileen

Looking back over the years, Andy does seem to pick up a lot of viruses which makes me wonder just how efficient his immune system is, and all that air travel and being in crowded locker-rooms won't help.
Also having a baby daughter, can remember picking up cold after cold and worse when mine were young .
May 15, 2017, 06:06 PM
By deb

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