Andy Murray’s recent struggles were clearly visible during his match with world No. In the first round at the Madrid Open, 164 Andrea Vavassori defeated 164 Andy Murray. The twice Wimbledon champion lost his fourth match in a row despite a strong start.
Murray’s normally reliable touch failed him at a crucial point in the tiebreak. The result was a stunning miss. Murray’s backhand put away seemed to be a foregone conclusion, but he messed up the most basic of volleys. This was a huge missed opportunity.
Murray, who had a promising season start in Australia is now unsure if he should play on clay for the French Open and prioritize his grass courts. Murray’s lack of direction is frustrating for him, as he is still trying to find a way to get back into form.
Murray was baffled by the missed shot, which cost him dearly. “Everyone makes bad shots in their careers, but I haven’t had too many of those.” It’s frustrating because you play well and construct your point, but then mess up a basic shot.
Andy Murray loses to world no. 164 Andrea Vavassori in Madrid Open first round
Andrea Vavassori, an Italian tennis player, caused a major shock in the first round at the Madrid Open when he defeated former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray by 6-2 7-6 (7). Vavassori has won the biggest match of his career, earning him a place in the second round to face the world’s No. 3 Daniil Medvedev.
The 27-year old played a great game against Murray. He won 76 percent (13/17), of the net points in their hour-and-33-minute match. Vavassori admitted feeling nervous at times but managed to hold his nerve during the tie-break and secure his win on his fifth matchpoint.
Murray’s defeat to a 164th-ranked player in the world was his fourth straight loss. It was his third straight tournament in which he lost the first match. He had failed to progress past his first opponent at Monte Carlo, and Miami.
Murray was visibly upset with his performance. He had won the Madrid Open twice before, in 2008 and 2015. Murray’s inability to win a match has led to questions about his form, and whether or not he can make a return anytime soon.