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Murray baffled by latest setback

ESPN staff
March 11, 2012
Andy Murray was well beaten by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez © Getty Images

Andy Murray admitted he was at a loss to explain why he tasted defeat in his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

For the second year in succession, Murray suffered a shock second-round defeat in California, losing in straight sets to world No. 92 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Saturday.

Murray had not lost to a player ranked outside the top three in 2012 - his only two defeats coming at the hands of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and 16-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, but despite a bright start to the year, the Scot was second best to Garcia-Lopez.

While he was quick to point out it was nowhere near his humiliation at the hands of world No. 143 Donald Young 12 months ago, Murray admitted he was baffled by his latest setback.

"I have to go away and think about what happened," Murray told BBC Sport. "I played great in practice, was hitting the ball really well. I felt pretty fresh. I didn't move my best tonight, but it didn't feel like I was moving really badly.

"He hardly missed the ball the whole match. He was playing with a lot of spin. It almost felt like playing the match on a clay court. I wasn't able to hit through the court and I squandered so many chances.

"In comparison to how I felt coming in here last year, it was night and day. I was feeling way more focused and confident, so I'm not sure exactly why that happened tonight. I wasn't able to hit through the court and I squandered so many chances."

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