By Leighton Ginn
Andy Murray didn’t have many answers for upstart Vasek Pospisil’s game, or for reporters following his 6-4, 7-6 loss in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open. It was the third time Murray, who is the No. 1 player in the world, has lost his opening match at Indian Wells.
“I don’t know exactly why it is, because in practice here normally I play pretty well,” Murray said of his struggles in the California desert. “And then some years I played well. Some years it just hasn’t quite happened for me. I don’t know exactly why that is. I don’t know if it is the conditions here. I really don’t know why I haven’t played my best here over the years.”
But Murray did have a good idea of why he struggled Saturday night against Pospisil as he had problems with his serve and was broken repeatedly.
The start of the year hasn’t gone well for Murray. He had also lost to Misha Zverev in the fourth round of the Australian Open, who plays a serve-and-volley game similar to Pospisil.
Murray didn’t think the style of play was a problem.
“My results in my career have been fantastic against serve-and-volley players, so, you know, maybe it’s something I need to practice a little bit more,” Murray said. “I have never really practiced playing against serve-and-volleyers in my career. But when I have come up against them, it’s normally been a game style I have enjoyed playing against.
“Today, it wasn’t so much the serve-and-volley that was the problem. It was my own serve, rather than not sort of getting enough opportunities when he was serving. So I think that was more the problem tonight.”