Andy Murray crashed out of the BNP Paribas Open after a 6-4, 7-6 defeat to Alex Zverev.
Andy Murray admitted “something needs to change” after losing to Alex Zverev at the BNP Paribas Open. The Scot matched the world No.4 for long periods of an entertaining close third-round tie and led by a break in both sets. And the 34-year-old with a metal hip reported it was “physically the best I’ve felt for a while”.
But the German Olympic champion showed his class to win 6-4 7-6 to send Murray plummeting down the rankings outside the world’s top 170.
The Scot has not won three consecutive matches at an ATP Tour event since his last title at the 2019 European Open. Murray will lose those Antwerp points in the next rankings and now faces a struggle to qualify automatically for January’s Australian Open.
The three-time Grand Slam champion arrived in his post-match press conference minutes after a frustrating defeat where he twice threw his racquet to the court in anger.
And Murray said: “I’m not saying he played great either, but I don’t think I played well today. There were a lot of mistakes.
“There was some good stuff in there, but it was mixed in with bad. There was no consistency I don’t think. My average level was just not really there today. It was either good or bad. Yeah, I wouldn’t put that down as playing really well.
“The positive for me to take from it is I obviously had opportunities again. Yeah, I mean, I guess that’s positive. I didn’t feel like I played a great match and still had chances, so that’s positive.
“But, yeah, I’m disappointed because, I mean, I obviously want to be winning these matches. I haven’t in the last few months. Yeah, something needs to change.”
Murray improved his W-L record to 11-10 in his injury-hit season and has progressed physically since the grass-court season.
“It’s pretty hard playing top-level professional sport with a metal hip,” he added. “There’s obviously lots of compensation happening around that area, like the pelvis and the lumbar spine. I would imagine my body is taking some time to get used to that.
“On top of that I’m not young either. I’ve played a lot of years on the tour, as well, so there’s. “Brinkwire Summary News”.