Murray Crashes out of Indian Wells
Andy Murray suffered a shock defeat against world No 53 Federico Delbonis in the third round at Indian Wells.
The British No 1 had a frustrating time from the outset and lost a decisive tie-set to Delbonis, who completed a 6-4 4-6 7-6 victory.
Murray appeared to have recovered from dropping the opening set and was leading 4-1 in the third until Delbonis found a second wind to earn the biggest result of his career.
Murray, who has only ever got beyond the last four of this tournament once (2009), said: “I think it’s just the conditions I have just struggled with here throughout my career.
“I have never really felt that I played my best tennis here. I have tried and had many different preparations where I’ve got here early and spent a lot of time on the courts, and sometimes I arrive later, like this time from Davis Cup.
“Obviously it takes time to get used to new conditions regardless of where it is, but I have just never really found a way to get comfortable here throughout my career. It’s a shame.
“I changed stringing my racquets like four or five pounds tighter than I was at the Davis Cup, which is significant. Really the tightest I have strung throughout the whole year would be at this event, and I still feel like I can’t really go for my shots.
“I feel like when I do, I make mistakes. But even you look in the tie-break I missed a couple of backhands long, and then also a couple of balls in the bottom of the net. It just never quite worked out for me here.”
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