25
Mar
11

Murray sucks!

On a disturbing afternoon in the Florida sunshine, Andy Murray played without belief, poise or any semblance of authority, turning in one of the most horrific performances of his career to lose his opening appearance to Alex Bogomolov Jr, an American qualifier ranked 118 in the world.

Andy Murray’s poor post-Australian Open slump continued as he was broken seven times in an embarrassing 6-1 7-5 second-round loss to Alex Bogomolov Jr at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. After going out to American qualifier Donald Young in the second round at Indian Wells earlier in the month, the British number one slumped once again as he failed to find any kind of form against the world number 118. The 23-year-old has still not won a match since beating David Ferrer in the semi-finals in Melbourne. The Scot went into the match with renewed confidence after confirming friend Dani Vallverdu will act as a de facto coach following the departure from his support staff of Miles Maclagan last summer. But there were no signs of any advantage as he got off to the worst possible start, some confident returning from his American opponent bringing up break point in game one, which he duly converted. And there was more of the same in game three as Bogomolov broke again. With Murray failing to make any impression on his opponent’s serve, he did at least get on the board when he held in game five to make it 4-1. But it proved to be only the briefest respite as Bogomolov held before incredibly breaking for a third time to take the set. Murray went on the front foot and, in the first game of the second set, earned his first break point of the match, taking full advantage to shift the momentum a little. But that did not signal the start of great things for the British number one, with the first four games of the set all going against serve. Bogomolov broke the sequence as he held in game five, and Murray followed suit to make it 3-3. Just as it seemed the set was settling into a more conventional pattern, Bogomolov broke again and, at 5-3, he was serving for the match. He could not finish the task, however, and Murray broke back before levelling at 5-5. Again Bogomolov bounced back, though, and sealed victory with his seventh break of the match.

 

Murray admitted his frustration at being unable to take his form from the practice court into competition, but backed himself to bounce back. “In practice I have been competing well,” he said on his official website. “Especially this week, chasing everything down, playing a lot of good points and feeling good, then in matches I haven’t been able to get it going at all.

 

“It’s happened to me in the past where I’ve had bad moments and I’ve come back well from them.” Meanwhile there were similar problems for fourth seed Robin Soderling, although the Swede finally overcame Croatian Ivan Dodig 3-6 6-2 6-4 to reach the third round. It was Soderling’s first outing since he lost his opening match in Indian Wells where he played despite ankle and virus problems.

 

However, he had been in great form beforehand winning three tournaments and Friday’s success means he is now leading the ATP Tour with 20 wins.

 

“The first round is always very difficult,” said the relieved Scandinavian. “Obviously I didn’t play my best tennis today, but I’m still very happy that I won.

 

“I know I can wake up tomorrow feeling great.”

 

Two more seeds joined Soderling with wins, as number 14 Mardy Fish beat Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-4 6-3 and Serb 16th seed Viktor Troicki stopped Marsel Ilhan of Turkey 6-3 6-3.

 

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