Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray admitted missed chances cost him victory on Sunday at the Indian Wells Masters. Murray, who received a wildcard into Indian Wells, suffered a second round loss at the tournament as Alexander Bublik handed the Briton a 7-6 (9) 6-3 loss.
Murray missed out on four break points during the first set and also failed to convert any of his three set points in the tie-break. “Both of us had some chances in the tie-break, but in the first set I certainly created more of the opportunities and I didn't take them,” Murray said.
“He obviously came up with some good serves at times, but I certainly had my chances and against players that play that style of tennis and have obviously big serves and are not easy to break, you need to be ruthless when you get your chances and I just didn't quite play well enough in those moments today”.
Bublik thrilled to beat Murray for the first time
Murray defeated Bublik at 2017 Wimbledon and also defeated the Kazakh in Rotterdam a month ago. On Sunday, Bublik earned his first win over the former world No. 1. “For me, it’s great to have a win here,” Bublik said in his on-court interview.
“It’s really tennis paradise. To beat Andy, finally – if he would be my age, it would have been a lot tougher”. Bublik acknowledged winning a tight first set was the key. “Of course, if you win a breaker 11-9, it means a lot,” Bublik said.
“It was a great battle”. Bublik is having his first Indian Wells main draw appearance as he failed to make it past the qualifying event at the tournament in 2017 and 2018. “I have a tough relationship with Indian Wells,” he said.
“I haven’t played for four years. I broke my ankle here, my first big injury here. I could not come the next years… But I managed to get through and I’m happy with the win”.