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Andy Murray: 'I didn't lose because of his serve and volley game'

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by Gatto Luigi

Tennis - The World No. 1 said he doesn't know why he can't play his best tennis in Indian Wells

Andy Murray is obviously disappointed after the fourth loss at second or third round level at Indian Wells in the last seven years. ´I didn´t serve particularly well tonight, which didn´t help things´, the World No. 1 said after the match lost to Vasek Pospisil 6/4 7/6(5). ´And then in the second set, he started to play more aggressively. I was giving myself decent looks at passing shots. I missed a few tonight. He also came up with some really good reflex volleys on important moments and important points.´

Indian Wells is not his favourite tournament at all in terms of results. ´I don´t know why it happens, in practice I usually train very well. A few times in the last years I played better, but not well enough. I don´t know if it depends by the condition, I don´t really know why here I can´t play my best tennis

It´s his second time after the match against Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open that he loses against serve and volley players. Is there a reason why it happened? ´I have never really practised 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, not getting enough opportunities when he was serving. I think that was more the problem tonight.´

´It was a really good atmosphere at the end. It was pretty much a full crowd after the first 15, 20 minutes, so it was a nice atmosphere. Especially the way he was playing, I think the crowds like him. The guy was being aggressive and he came out with some fantastic shots as well. So they really got into it. I don´t think loads of players are taught it now growing up. It´s not something that´s practised a lot. But if there are guys that do it from a young age, it´s definitely a game style that can be successful. Obviously in certain conditions or court surfaces it´s easier to do it, like on grass and quicker hard courts. But there is no reason why, if you play that game style well, you can´t be effective doing it at the top of the game.´

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