Andy Murray "concerned" by manner of Madrid Open exit

Jerome Frank
May 13, 2017

Coric, ranked 59th in the world. claimed a convincing 6-3, 6-3 win at La Caja Mágica.

The Scot delivered too many errors against a highly concentrated opponent in going down to his sixth defeat of the season.

No excuse Murray is expected to play in Rome next week before heading to the French Open, where he lost to Djokovic in last year's final. He won his first career title in Marrakech, Morocco, last month.

Andy Murray " s straight-sets loss to Borna Coric in last 16 of the Madrid Open this week was widely reported as a "shock' defeat for the World No 1 - but for those who have been closely following his faltering start to 2017, the result felt more inevitable than it did surprising. Cuevas won one of the points of the tournament with a no-look victor with his back to the court after a lob shot by Zverev early in the second set.

Twenty-year-old German Alexander Zverev continued his fine form after claiming his second title of the year in Munich last week as he ousted 11th seed Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4.

It's not the first time Murray has come unstuck against Coric as a lucky loser, with his defeat to the Croat in Dubai coming in the same circumstances.

The victory left Djokovic on track to play a semifinal against four-time Madrid champion and home-crowd favorite Rafael Nadal, who struggled in a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4 win over a Fabio Fognini of Italy in just under three hours.

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"I think I was playing the flawless game from the beginning".

Djokovic was in control during his service games and broke Lopez once in each set to secure the victory under a closed roof on center court in the Spanish capital. "I started the match OK but when I started to go behind I didn't find any way to improve my game or to make it more hard for him, I just let the same things keep happening". As you saw today, I could have lost the match, so it doesn't matter who is winning, who is losing. "That's concerning, so I need to think about exactly why that is, what I can do about it". He began to battle back and even held two break points of his own at one stage, but failed to take them.

"It feels great, I don't know how I did it but I played ideal during the game and I'm very happy about it", Coric told Television Espanola. In the last few months of 2016 Murray pushed his body to new extremes - jet-hopping from Beijing to Shanghai, Vienna to Paris in between the US Open and the World Tour Finals - in the hunt for valuable ranking points.

Djokovic faces a much tougher test on Friday against world number eight Kei Nishikori, who earlier swept aside David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3.

"One break was enough, 5-4, 6-5, both sets", Djokovic said in his post-match interview.

In the Women's Madrid Open defending champion Simona Halep cruised back into the final for the third time in four years with a 6-2, 6-3 over Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.

"I played a lot better", said Nadal, who struggled in a three-set win over Fabio Fognini on Wednesday.

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