Following a 3-set win yesterday over Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Monte Carlo, Andy Murray admitted that he’s been flat since Davis Cup. In fact, the Scot has gone 3-2 since beating Kei Nishikori in five sets during Great Britain’s win over Japan last month.
Murray was stunned by Federico Delbonis at Indian Wells then lost to Grigor Dimitrov in Miami, both after having third set leads.
“I’ve definitely been a little bit flat since the Davis Cup really,” Murray said Tuesday. “I don’t know exactly why that’s been the case. But in a lot of my matches, it’s been that way, you know, some good stuff mixed in with some pretty bad stuff. The norm is bad just now, so I need to kind of improve on that. You know, even when I’m not playing my best, play more solid, make it more difficult for my opponents.
“When I’ve been playing well, I’m actually hitting the ball very clean. But just the consistency has not been there, maybe not as sharp as I could be mentally. Concentration’s not been so good.”
Murray shrugged off the inevitable questions about focus with a new baby back at home.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with it,” Murray said. “If that was the case, the Davis Cup, I would have played rubbish. That was immediately after the birth, and I played well there. That’s really the best match I played in the last couple of months. So I don’t think that has anything to do with it.
“It’s down to me really when I’m on the court to find a way to stop that, you know, and give myself sort of clear goals as to what I want to achieve when I’m out there.”
The 2-time Monte Carlo semifinalist will have to figure things out quickly with a match against the talented but unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire looming tomorrow.
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