Former world No. 1 Andy Murray believes he needs to get back to playing his own game after picking up his third consecutive loss. Murray, now ranked at No. 115 in the world, was beaten by Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-4 in the Cologne first round.
"I need to get back to playing my game on the court, I’ve kind of gone away from that a little bit,” Murray said, per Tennis365. “I’m maybe making a few more mistakes than usual because of that”.
At the French Open, Murray suffered a disappointing 6-1 6-3 6-2 loss to Stan Wawrinka in the first round. "I need to practice, I need to play matches and physically I need to get better,” Murray said. “Some things I did a little bit better but overall it was not that much better than that match (against Stan Wawrinka in Paris).
"It’s a surface that I’m a little bit more comfortable on, so that probably helped me. But in terms of my game, it was not much better”.
Verdasco thrilled with his win over Murray
Throughout his career, Verdasco has been struggling against three-time Grand Slam champion Murray.
Murray now leads the head-to-head record against Verdasco 13-4. "This is a very important victory for me for many reasons," Verdasco said, per the ATP website. "Playing against a player like Andy, we have been playing together for all our careers.
We've had really tough battles over the years. It's always a challenge and a motivation to play against someone like him. I'm very happy for that." Verdasco plays next against No. 1 seed Alexander Zverev. "I will try my best.
I will enjoy it and hopefully I will be able to play good and make a good performance," Verdasco said. "It's going to be a good match." Meanwhile, No. 8 seed Marin Cilic survived a scare in his Cologne opener as he edged out lucky loser Marcos Giron 6-2 4-6 6-3.
"He’s a very tough competitor. I’d never played him and he played really well today,” Cilic said after his win, per the ATP website. “I had to really fight hard, especially in the third set. This surface is a bit slower than usual, so you have to work for every point and he’s a great runner at the back of the court.
It was definitely a tough, tough match”. Cilic plays next against rising Spanish star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.