Former world number one, Andy Murray has said he came less expected than a victory against Russia’s Andrey Rublev at AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The British athlete was upended by Rublev in a 7-5, 6-2 contest to book his place in the semifinals of the Dutch contests.
The Russian has now extended his winning streak at the ATP 500 events to 17 matches. Murray’s dream to bag his 47th career titles was dashed, looking for his second win over high ranked player since coming back from injury
“From the positive side I thought I moved well for the first hour or so,” said the three-time Grand Slam champion
He’s one of the bigger hitters on the tour but in the first set, I didn’t think he was getting too many free points from the back of the court. He was having to work hard to get the ball through me.” He commended his Russian opponents, Rublev
“I did some things quite well in the first set but when it mattered I didn’t play well. I lost my serve from 30-0 up. To me, that’s just not good enough.
“When you are playing one of the best players in the world, if they come up with something great to win those points, you come off and it’s understandable.” he said
“But I felt at the end of the first set I blew it a bit. Then I had 15-40 to break back and I messed up a little bit there as well.
“Second set he was much better than me, no question, but at the end of the first set I messed up.
“I’m not used to making those errors in those moments. I’m finding that frustrating mentally and find myself looking back on those moments too much.”
“I want to play as much as I can but also bearing in mind I have to be smart with the decisions about which tournaments to play,” he added.
Hopefully, the 33-year old will be available for Maimi Open.
“I’ll have next week off and then hopefully be able to play in Dubai and Miami and then see from there.
“There’s the option to play the full clay court swing or drop down and play Challengers to get more matches. I feel I want to be playing at this level.” he ended