This Is Really Starting To Suck
Posted by gauloises1 on April 14, 2010
And the ‘what’s wrong with Andy Murray?’ kicks into overdrive as he gets schooled by Philipp Kohlschreiber, 62 61.
It’s not like there’s any particular shame in losing to Kohlschreiber on clay (right, Nole?), but there kind of is when you get just three games, serve at 37% and reportedly really, really suck. Coupled with early losses in Miami and Dubai and a less than impressive performance against an admittedly inspired Soderling in Indian Wells, it’s definitely starting to look like we have a slump – or, possibly, a crater.
I haven’t seen him play since Dubai (bad fan) so I don’t really have an opinion on What’s Wrong. Not that that really matters when everybody else does.
Of course the only opinion that counts is that of the man himself, not that it makes cheery reading:
“The last few tournaments have been bad,” he admitted. “It’s been a long time since I lost a couple of matches like this. I have to make sure that I don’t panic. […]
“It was the first time in a few years that the court felt so small. I just could not find the court. When it’s like that, it’s difficult to play.”
Murray, who lost his serve five times, added, “I tried different things. I tried serve and volleying a couple of times. I tried hitting some high balls. It did not really make a whole lot of difference.
You know, I was all ready to attempt some kind of analytic post-mortem, but after reading 17,3986 variations on the theme of ‘Murray’s a loser and now everyone knows it’, I’ve lost my taste for it. He’ll get over it. He’ll be fine.
Anyway, one outgrowth of Murray’s failure to defend his semifinal points from last year is that Delpo is once again back up to #4 in the rankings – despite not having played since January. Er, yay? Have a photo to prove he’s alive …
… albeit not in any meaningful tennistical way.