By Ros Satar, in Indian Wells

  • Vasek Pospisil [Q] def. Andy Murray [1] 6-4 7-6(5)
  • No answers for why this tournament continues to be a trial
  • We give you the Britwatch Breakdown of where it went wrong for the World No. 1.
INDIAN WELLS, USA – despite having a wide open draw, Andy Murray was stunned by Vasek Pospisil in straight sets at the BNP Paribas Open.


Vasek Pospisil [Q] def. Andy Murray [1] 6-4 7-6(5)

Andy Murray dealt well with the pressure that Vasek Pospisil had put on him in just he first game, saving three break points before being the one to convert on his first a couple of games later for a 3-1 lead. That was short lived, as the pair traded breaks until Pospisil took the advantage, nudging ahead for 5-4 and serving out the first set.

Vasek Pospisil (c)

There it looked to go from bad to worse as the Canadian broke immediately at the start of the second set. Murray did respond to level the match at 2-2 as they battled on to a tie-break.

From there on in it was Pospisil the aggressor, with two mini-breaks giving him the first of four match points for him to score his first ever win over the Brit.

Once more, the Brit was left scratching his head as to why match-play im Indian Wells leaves him wide of the mark.

He told reporters: “I don’t know exactly why it is, because in practice here normally I play pretty well. And then some years — some years I played well. Some years it just hasn’t quite happened for me. I don’t know exactly why that is. I don’t know if it is the conditions here – I really don’t know why I haven’t played my best here over the years.”

There were no physical conditions ailing him after his run to the Dubai final, and if anything the crowd rooting for the underdog has often been a spur for Murray to kick on. He praised Pospisil’s aggression which, despite the cooling conditions after a scorching day in the desert, responded well to his serve and volley game.

At times this was very reminiscent of his loss against Mischa Zverev, who’s old school style seemed to leave the Brit all at sea in Melbourne. But even that was batted away as a possible reason.

Andy Murray (c)

Murray continued: “My results in my career have been fantastic against serve-and-volley players, so, you know, maybe it’s something I need to practice a little bit more.

“But I have never really practiced playing against serve-and-volleyers in my career. But when I have come up against them, it’s normally been a game style I have enjoyed playing against.

“Today it wasn’t so much the serve/volley that was the problem. It was my own serve, rather than not sort of getting enough opportunities when he was serving. So I think that was more the problem tonight.”

Murray is still in the doubles with Dan Evans, who will face Kei Nishikori on Sunday, before heading to Miami, and an environment that is far more comfortable for him.

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