Andy Murray fans you can blame the schmoozing or you could blame the snoozing, but all of that blame just covers up the denial of the truth: Juan Monaco outplayed the defending champion and number one seed.
The Argentine Monaco defeated Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in the second round of the Valencia Open. Murray lost his opening service game, which foreshadowed what was to come. He was broken five times total, including twice in the third set.
Monaco lost to Murray three weeks ago in the semifinals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters (which Murray won) so his victory in two hours and 11 minutes was quite a nice revenge.
“Juan plays very well. I know he has been injured for a while, but he played a very good, constant game. It is easy to lose against him if you are not on your best game,” said Murray.
One can deduce from that statement that Murray thinks he was not “on his best game.” Reasons for Murray not being in tip-top shape could be:
A) Hungover from brother Jamie’s wedding
D) All of the above
Honestly, the only obvious answer is D, all of the above.
Murray is still alive in the doubles draw, with his brother Jamie, and will play in the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris before the ATP World Tour Finals in London later this month.
Hopefully Murray can take a nap before Paris and recharge for the final push of the season.
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