Madrid Open: Andy Murray beaten by Borna Coric

May 12, 2017, 12:25
Madrid Open: Andy Murray beaten by Borna Coric

The Briton has endured a tough season on clay, suffering a shock defeat in the last 16 of the Monte Carlo Masters last month and also losing in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open.

But not yesterday. Not at the Mutua Madrid Open where he was dismissed by Borna Coric 6-3, 6-3 in the third round. It is just that when the 20-year-old world No 59 from Croatia started to play, Murray could not work out what to do next.

"That's concerning, so I need to think about exactly why that is, what I can do about it".

"Against Thiem in Barcelona, I was disappointed to lose, but I felt like I competed really well", Murray said.

However, Murray cut a frustrated figure as he was swept aside by the 20yearold Croatian for the second time in the pair's four meetings. I'm sure the LTA saw the coverage that was given to the Bouchard-Sharapova match and was given to Maria's run in Stuttgart.

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"I got to stay really positive and I got to play great tennis to beat him".

"It wasn't until really nearly the last game where I said, OK, I'm going to try, and I stood way back behind the baseline", Murray said.

And Murray did take some heart at the Croatian's twist of fortunes in a matter of days ahead of his defence of the Rome Masters next week.

Coric, who lost in the second round of qualifying to Mikhail Kukushkin, got into the main draw when Richard Gasquet withdrew.

"If you're playing against a Spanish player in Madrid, it's obviously a different game, it's a different feeling", said Djokovic.

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"Novak is someone that I don t have good record (against)", said the Japanese. "I have noticed it from the beginning".

And the 12-time Grand Slam champion applied just enough pressure at the right time to break Lopez s serve in the final game of both sets.

The 23-year-old claimed a 6-4, 6-4 success over Romania's Sorana Cîrstea to set up a semi-final with Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation.

In the third-round match that was interrupted by rain after the first game of the second set when the chair umpire ordered the retractable roof to be closed, No. 6 seed Nishikori showed no signs of having sat out a month and a half due to a right wrist injury.

Murray was on the verge of being broken in his first service game in the second set before recovering and then earned two break points in the third game but was unable to take advantage.

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He will play the quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem of Austria, who won a thriller against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9).

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