Indian Wells Masters - Murray blames rust for shock defeat

March 14, 2011 - 0:0

Britain's Andy Murray blamed his shock defeat at Indian Wells on his inability to hit the ground running at tournaments.

The Scot lost 7-6 6-3 to American qualifier Donald Young, and though he paid tribute to his opponent's qualities he admitted that he had not been in any sort of shape to face the inspired world number 143.
""Early on in tournaments when you're not hitting the ball well, running a lot of balls down and making your opponent play, you can sometimes get the job done,"" explained Murray.
""But I didn't move particularly well and he hit a lot of winners. He gained in confidence I guess from hitting more winners.
""I started the match well and then, when it got close to the end of the first set, I didn't do anything particularly well,"" Murray said after serving up eight aces and four double faults.
""The crowd were for him. He started playing better. I didn't find my way back into the match.""
Murray was generous in his tribute to Young, but warned the 21-year-old that hitting the top is as much about consistency as quality.
"" The toughest thing in the men's game for guys to break through has been the consistency. That's what you need to do if you want to try to get close to the top of the game. That's what Donald has to try and do.""
Young himself was thrilled at having claimed Murray's scalp.
""It's by far the biggest win of my career,"" he said, beaming.
""I thought I played pretty consistent. I'm sure he didn't play his best today. I got a little nervous, some double faults that didn't make it halfway up the net.
""I've been in this position a couple of times with a few players and had not won the match. I just told myself this time I was going to see it through and not let the nerves get the best of me.""
(Source: Reuters)