Andy Murray Remains Positive, But Complacency Is Not Enough

Andy Murray (zimbio.com)

Andy Murray exits Monte Carlo with his head held high following a shock loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Thursday.

Opportunities came and went for the world No.1, who squandered a 4-0 lead in the deciding set. Undoubtedly it was a match to forget for the Murray camp as they seek to rediscover his resurgence on the clay. Still the defeat failed to dampen Murray’s spirit after he recently fell victim to an elbow injury.

“I’m disappointed to lose from the position that I was in,” Murray said in his postmatch interview. “One week ago, I would have been OK with that. But sitting here, being up 4-love in the third, I haven’t lost many matches like that in my career.”

Murray’s start to the session has been a roller coaster journey. Prior to Monte Carlo, his results have ranged from winning the Dubai Tennis Championships to crashing out in the second round in Indian Wells. Evidently his dominant display from the end of 2016 has eluded him so far this season. It is a perfectly normal change in the world of sport, but Murray knows better than anybody he needs to work harder.

“It has been a difficult year for me because I know what it takes to get right up to the top and have the consistent results you need. This year has been stop-start for me, for a few different reasons,” Murray said.
“Now that I’m feeling better again I’m hoping that… my results will start to pick up. Injuring my elbow has nothing to do with getting to No 1, or getting sick.
“I’m hoping that I can stay healthy now and hopefully my results will follow.”

The current problem hindering the Brit, apart from his elbow, is the execution of his game. Some questionable shot-making in Monte Carlo heavily contributed towards his downfall. Whilst this is not a disaster for the Brit, with two more Masters 1000 tournaments before the French Open looming, his stronghold in the rankings is in danger.

“A few times today, I made some bad decisions,” Murray told atpworltour.com on Thursday.
“That’s something that, with my team, I’ll look at, watch some parts of the match over, see the shots that I chose and what I would do differently.”

To an extent it is refreshing to see Murray approach his current difficulties will a calm and clear head. It is an example that others on the tour should follow. Still, with Nadal’s resurgence and Federer’s stunning return, time is not on his side.

Sir Andy needs to once again rise up to the occasion and rise up quickly.

Table showing how many points the world’s top-10 are defending during the clay-swing

Ranking

Player

Points

Points to defend

%

1 Andy Murray 11.960 3.160 26%
2 Novak Djokovic 7.915 3.610 46%
3 Stan Wawrinka 5.785 1.250 22%
4 Roger Federer 5.305 270 5%
5 Rafael Nadal 4.735 2.130 45%
6 Milos Raonic 4.345 585 13%
7 Kei Nishikori 4.310 1.200 28%
8 Marin Cilic 3.385 160 5%
9 Dominic Thiem 3.385 1.310 39%
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3.265 540 17%

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