Andy Mur­ray crashes out at In­dian Wells

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

There's some­thing about play­ing in the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia desert that gives Andy Mur­ray fits. He was up­set in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Mon­day, los­ing 6-4, 46, 7-6 (3) to 53rd-ranked Fed­erico Del­bo­nis of Ar­gentina.

Mur­ray was a los­ing fi­nal­ist at In­dian Wells in 2009 and has reached the quar­ter-fi­nals five times, but has twice lost in his open­ing match in re­cent years and is 25-11 in the event. He's never been com­fort­able with the high bounces and quick-fly­ing balls in the dry air. He's changed his prepa­ra­tion over the years, ar­riv­ing sev­eral days early to prac­tice or com­ing in just be­fore the tour­na­ment be­gins. He even has his rack­ets strung four or five pounds tighter just for In­dian Wells. "I have never re­ally felt that I played my best ten­nis here," he said. "I still feel like I can't re­ally go for my shots. I feel like when I do, I make mis­takes long. I have tried many dif­fer­ent things. I don't know ex­actly why it is."

Vic­to­ria Azarenka, the 2012 In­dian Wells win­ner, and third­seeded Stan Wawrinka were to play night matches.

Del­bo­nis scored the big­gest win of his ca­reer, out­last­ing the se­cond-seeded Mur­ray in a 2hour, 46-minute strug­gle. Three years ago, Del­bo­nis de­feated then-fifth-ranked Roger Fed­erer in the semi­fi­nals at Ham­burg. "With the crowd, it's a lit­tle bit more pres­sure, but I'm en­joy­ing that kind of matches," Del­bo­nis said. "It's like a chal­lenge ev­ery time, and I happy to get it."

The left-handed Ar­gen­tine ral­lied from 4-1 down in the third set, win­ning three straight games for a 4-all tie. He held serve to tie it 5-all and broke Mur­ray in the next game to go up 6-5. Mur­ray broke back to force the tiebreaker, but not with­out a fight by Del­bo­nis, who trailed 15-40 and got to deuce be­fore send­ing a back­hand wide to let Mur­ray even the set, 6-all. "I just didn't feel com­fort­able go­ing for my serve," said Mur­ray, who had no aces and three dou­ble-faults. "I felt like ev­ery time I went for it I missed it. I didn't have con­trol on that shot at all."

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