Andy Murray's run at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells ended in the second round at the hands of 31st seeded Alexander Bublik. The Brit, who is struggling to express his best level, had achieved his 700th victory on the professional circuit by beating Taro Daniel on his debut in the Californian Masters 1000.
After the Miami Open, the former world number 1 will resume collaborating with Ivan Lendl, hoping to return to relive the glories of the past. "I had many chances in the first set, but I was unable to capitalize on them," the Scot made his debut at the press conference.
"The tiebreak made the difference, it is useless to deny it. We both had several chances in the jeu decisif and he was more cynical than me. He has always found good services in times of greatest pressure. It is not easy to play against Alexander, he has a very particular style of play and does not allow you to find the right rhythm from the baseline.
Also, you have to be good at exploiting the opportunities you have available in response," he added. The three-time Grand Slam champion has made some predictions about the season on clay, which will see the return of Novak Djokovic and yet another assault by Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
"As I had already announced, I have no intention of playing clay this year," Murray reiterated. "As things currently stand, Rafael Nadal is again the big favorite for the victory in Paris. Novak Djokovic was able to play very little at the start of the season, while Rafa is in a moment of great confidence.
He is feeling relaxed and perhaps will have less pressure on him than last year, having already won the Australian Open. Nole is not cut out of the title race, but it will not be easy for him to recover these months of inactivity," commented Andy.
The premature departure from the Arab Emirates cost Djokovic the first place in the ATP ranking in favor of Daniil Medvedev, who became the 27th number 1 in the history of men's tennis.