Having been knocked out the Indian Wells tournament to a qualifier a week previous , Andy Murray has continued his poor form with yet another defeat. He was beaten by an American qualifier Alex Bogomolov Jnr in straight sets 6-1 7-5 in the first round of the Miami Masters.
This is now the third straight game in which the Scot has failed to even win a set!
Murray was broken 7 times by Bogomolov and only managed 3 aces, which is usually his strongest asset.
Last week, he lost to qualifier Donald Young. This has seen Murray lose confidence and stumble at the first hurdle of competitions in the last 2 weeks.
The Scot, who is yet to win a major tournament in his career, has come so close in recent years. In fact, he has lost the last two Australian Open finals to Roger Federer and more recently to Novak Djorkavic. Just like last year, Murray has been in poor form since his Australian Open defeat.
So, does Murray have the mental toughness to win a major? Going by recent years, the answer would have to be no. For now…
Being defeated players ranked ouside the top 100 in the world will no doubt be a shock to the system but he will have to pick himself up quickly. That’s how he’ll learn.
However, he certainly has the class to be a huge success, it’s just a matter of winning the first one. Once he breaks his voodoo, it will become easier. (well, easy for me to say)
It must be hard to carry the country’s expectation on your shoulders, but that’s part and parcel of being a professional athlete. So, here’s hoping Andy’s current form goes out the window soon, paving the way for a major win.
Wimbledon would be a good place to start…