The first big shock hit the Indian Wells men’s draw yesterday when Andy Murray lost a 4-1 third lead losing to Federico Delbonis 64, 46, 76(3). The loss further makes the case Murray just can’t play well at Indian Wells.
Murray has reached the final just one back in 2009 and the semifinals only two other times, in 2007 and last year. And through the years he’s suffered curious losses to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Donald Young and Delbonis yesterday. Murray also hasn’t beaten a Top 10 player at Indian Wells since his 2009 semifinal win over Roger Federer.
Murray has won Canada three times and Cincinnati and Miami twice each.
When asked, Murray admitted he’s not sure what the issue is in the desert.
“I don’t know exactly why it is,” Murray said of his losses at Indian Wells. “The ball flies through the air very quickly. The ball bounces extremely high. You know, I have done, like I said, many different things with my preparation. I changed, you know, stringing my racquets like four or five pounds tighter than I was at the Davis Cup, which is, you know, significant.
“Really the tightest I have strung throughout the whole year would be at this event, and I still feel like I can’t really go for my shots. I feel like when I do, I make mistakes long like, you know. But even you look in the tiebreak I missed a couple of backhands long, and then also a couple of balls in the bottom of the net.
“I really don’t know. And like I said, I have tried many different things. Yeah, just never quite worked out for me here.”
Murray will head to his second home of Miami where looks forward to rejoining with his new baby daughter, Sophia.
“I see them in a couple of days, which, yeah, will be nice. Go back to Miami, which is, you know, a place that I’m very familiar with and I feel comfortable there,” said Murray. “Actually haven’t been back since the tournament last year, which is the longest I haven’t been there for about nine or ten years maybe, since I started using that as a training block for myself.”
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