Former world No 1 Andy Murray admits he hasn't been enjoying his tennis for half a year now following a devastating Paris Masters loss to Alex de Minaur. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, was up by two breaks in the third set and had a 5-2 lead and a match point before de Minaur stunningly came back to win 7-6 (5) 4-6 7-5 in their Paris first-round match.
Something similar happened a month ago when de Minaur came back from 2-5 down in the third set and saved three match points to beat Murray 6-3 5-7 7-6 (6) in Beijing. Following a very impressive comeback win over Murray in Paris, 24-year-old de Minaur improved to 6-0 against Murray. “I don't feel like I played particularly well today and I'm still in a three-set match with a guy ranked 13 in the world.
It's frustrating. I'm not really enjoying it just now I would say just in terms of how I feel on the court and how I'm playing. The last five, six months haven't been that enjoyable, which doesn't help things, so I need to try and find some of that enjoyment back because playing a match like that there's not really much positivity there," Murray said after the loss.
Murray not enjoying his tennis
After winning back-to-back Challenger titles at the start of the grass season, Murray had high hopes for Wimbledon. But then, Murray lost in the Queen's first round and exited Wimbledon in the second round.
Since then, Murray's form has been pretty poor. Murray didn't do well during the North American hard court swing and he is also 2-5 since the start of the indoor swing. "When I play a good point, I'm not really getting behind myself and then in the important moments, that will to win and fight that has always been quite a big, big part of my game.
Like I said, what happened today, I don't remember it happening before, but it's very, very rare. Those sorts of situations happen quite a lot this year, and that's not really me. It's not enjoyable," Murray explained. Meanwhile, Murray's season still isn't over. In November, Murray will represent Great Britain at the Davis Cup Finals.