Dusan Lajovic, the world No. 76, caused an upset on Day 1 of the men’s main-draw action at the Miami Open by defeating Andy Murray, the two-time former champion, in straight sets of 6-4, 7-5. Murray admitted that he was surprised by his lackluster performance on Wednesday, following his defeat to the Serbian player.
Despite winning two matches at the Indian Wells Open, the two-time Miami champion expressed disappointment with his performance at the Miami Open. After being eliminated from the Miami Masters 1000, Andy Murray held a press conference in Florida before leaving. Among the topics he addressed was the well-known controversy surrounding the quality of tennis balls used during the Australian tour at the beginning of the year.
Speaking at the press conference, Murray addressed several topics and said, “I don’t know if it’s the same ball as the Australian Open. I think it’s the same company, but not the same ball. I don’t really know how it works. Obviously, it would be better if the ball was consistent from week to week when it came to the injury issue. Allow time between tournaments for players to get used to the different conditions.”
He later added, “That’s an interesting thing for me, because I remember at the beginning of my career when I came to Indian Wells, I felt like the ball was very small, very lively and that she was flying a lot in the air. The courts were very slow. Then I moved to Miami and in the first training sessions I always felt like the ball was too short. The ball was not flying in the air, which is totally different today. From my point of view, the courts are much faster here, the ball is faster and bounces more. This was not the case before. We have been discussing this for a long time and it would help if there was a little more consistency with the ball.”
The former world No.1, Andy Murray did not anticipate suffering an early blow at Miami Open. He believed that he had good enough preparation coming into the tournament. With a decent Indian Wells Open behind him, Murray was confident of continuing his form. However, it was a shocker to the entire tennis world, fans, and himself.
Speaking about his performances, Murray said, “I’d been practicing pretty well. It’s a very different court here, very bouncy, much faster than last week. Very different from the practice courts and everything. I served pretty well, but the rest of the game was a bit of a problem today. Didn’t really return that well, made a number of errors that obviously I wouldn’t expect to be making.”
When asked about his plans for the clay swing, Murray mentioned that he was undecided about whether to stay in Miami longer to prepare for it. However, he did confirm that he would be returning to Spain before the end of the month to reunite with his family and begin a training block.
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