Former world No. 1 Andy Murray admitted his level of tennis is not where it needs to be in order to beat top players like Daniil Medvedev. On Saturday, Murray bowed out of the Miami Masters as Medvedev handed the Briton a 6-4 6-2 loss.
It was the sixth tournament in a row in which Murray won his opener before getting beaten in his following match. Murray is 6-6 since ending runner-up in Sydney. "I think probably some clarity over the right way to play and the right way to practice.
I don't feel I have been practicing the right things probably for 18 months or so," Murray said after the match, per Tennis Up To Date. "My level of tennis is obviously not right now where it needs to be to win matches like that.
Today there were some good signs on the court but the two key things in tennis are serve and return. I didn't do either of them particularly well."
Medvedev routinely handled Murray
Medvedev got off to a great start as he broke Murray in the third game and then held on to his serve the rest of the way to win the first set.
Murray led 2-1 after the opening three games of the second set but Medvedev then claimed back-to-back and won five consecutive games to seal a straight-set win. “I think it was a great match. It’s never easy, first-round matches, even if you practise on the same courts for one or two months, it’s never going to be the same as a competitive tournament match," Medvedev said in his post-match interview.
"So I’m happy that I managed to have zero break points against me. I feel like I have some room for improvement, but it was a great match against an amazing player and I’m happy that I managed to go through”.