The Indian Wells Masters event is for Andy Murray the first one he attends after the Australian Open final, which he lost to Novak Djokovic. Murray took some time off to be with his wife who in the meantime gave birth to a child. Except for the Aussie final, prior to Indian Wells, the only official match Murray attended was his successful representation of the UK at the Davis Cup. Before the Australian Open, Murray stated that his family is his main concern. This fact might have also left a mark on his performance at the Masters Series tournament in California.

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Murray lacked spark in key moments

The confrontation with Federico Delbonis (ATP. No. 53) was expected to be an extremely facile one. However, the 26-year old Argentine player proved to be extremely motivated and confident in his chances of gaining the victory. Delbonis is an average-ranked player who’s been in the top 100 ATP ranking over the last years, yet with no outstanding achievements. As for Murray, it was quite obvious: his mind wasn’t 100% focused on Tennis. The lack of decisive hits in key moments of the game really made a difference.

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An extremely balanced match

Although Murray’s defeat came as a real shock, one cannot ignore the skills showed by the Argentine player. The first set of the confrontation was won 6-4 by Delbonis. The Argentine player managed two breaks on his opponent’s serve, while Murray managed only one. In the second set Murray’s game was almost perfect. His experience in competitions really made a difference.

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The Scottish player successfully made his own serve and then waited for the adversary to fail. This occurred toward the end of the set. Instead of making it a 5-5 tie and pushing the set toward a tie-break, Delbonis broke down and Murray took the set.

At that point things seemed to get back to normal. In the decisive set Murray dropped at 3-1 and the dice seemed cast. Then, the ATP No. 2 had some dark moments in the end, following a series of breaks, Delbonis won the third set 7-6(7/3), to the audience’s surprise. Although quite surprising, Murray’s defeat was somehow foreseeable.

As a new dad, the Olympic champion in the men`s singles contest needs a brief rest in order to reconnect to the rigors of the ATP circuit.

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