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Murray bemoans inconsistent serve after shock defeat

ESPN staff
March 26, 2011
Andy Murray insists everything is going against him © Getty Images

Andy Murray admitted he has a major problem with his serve after he slumped to a straight sets defeat to world No. 118 Alex Bogomolov Jnr on Friday.

Murray is in the middle of a miserable run of form, failing to win a single match since he reached the Australian Open final in January. In Miami he was beaten 6-1 7-5, adding to his previous early exit to Donald Young at Indian Wells.

The Scot blames two things: His serve, and a lot of bad luck.

"You serve one at 130 and then the next one at 95 and then one at 115," Murray explained. "There's no consistent sort of hitting the serves and feeling good about them. There was no consistency on any part of my game, really.

"When you're not playing that well and you're struggling a little bit, you start to miss balls by a few inches, and net cords, challenges and stuff seem to go against you more."

On more than one occasion Murray took his frustration out on his racket as he consistently left the ball in the middle of the court for Bogomolov to punish, but the world No. 5 is adamant he can arrest the slide.

"In practice I have been competing well," he said on his official website. "Especially this week, chasing everything down, playing a lot of good points and feeling good, then in matches I haven't been able to get it going at all. It's happened to me in the past where I've had bad moments and I've come back well from them."

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