Andy Murray slipped early on the clay once again in Monte Carlo, losing in three sets to Albert Ramos-Vinolas yesterday after blowing 4-0 lead in the third. It was one of the rare times Murray has let such a lead go in the 26, 62, 76 third round loss.
“I’m disappointed to lose from the position that I was in,” Murray said. “If you sort of look at the scoreline, it was 7-5 in the third. One week ago I would have been okay with that. But sitting here, being 4-Love up in the third, I haven’t lost many matches like that in my career.
“I’m disappointed. I feel like I had enough chances to win. I was close, I think. At 5-4, I had a chance in that game, as well.
“Obviously disappointed to lose. But yeah, I mean, maybe tomorrow or a day after I’ll be able to look back a little bit and think where I’m at now from where I was a week ago.”
The event, the only Masters Murray has yet to make the finals, was his first after skipping Miami with a right elbow injury. And a week ago Murray wasn’t even sure if he was going to play Monte Carlo. But he’ll take the positive that his elbow is much better.
“I wasn’t going to play if I didn’t feel like I could serve properly,” Murray added. “I started serving my sort of full speed, like, on Friday, Saturday. It’s good. For me that’s a positive thing from this week.
“I played for two and a half hours. I hit a lot of serves, a lot more than I’ve been doing in practice. My elbow feels good. It felt better today than it did yesterday. That’s great.
And his recent lack of match play may have played a role.
“I spoke to my team before the tournament,” he said. “They were saying, You have to remember on clay, the matches, they can be a bit more up and down than on the other surfaces because you’re not getting as many free points on serve, you know, to be ready for that. I was ready for it, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to do what I wanted to today.”
Murray is leaning to having another training block before Madrid instead of taking a wildcard into a Barcelona or Budapest. But no decision has been made.
“If I was to play Budapest or Barcelona, and do well, I would not really have a chance to train much between now and the French Open. Whereas if I wasn’t to play next week, I get the chance to put in some hard work, which is maybe what’s needed.”
The World No. 1 will begin a massive stretch of point defenses with Madrid finals, Rome title and French final coming off the rankings.
On a side note, Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears, who collapsed at the Australian Open last year, will be running a marathon Sunday.
“He seems to be,” said Murray. “If he’s doing the marathon at 60, he’s in decent shape.”
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