It really baffles me when Andy Murray shows up on court that uninterested in playing a tennis match.
The contrast between his game-face and non-game-face is like that of night and day, and it really is unacceptable for a regular world number 4.
I'd like to call it a shame-face actually!
The Scot lost to a very aggressive and spot-on Kevin Anderson today in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, but he did absolutely NOTHING to stop the spanking he got from the South African.
Hitting five double-faults and God knows how many errors, cuz I surely couldn't count that high, Murray was tasteless in his first hard-court appearance in the pre-US Open swing.
I realize it's always tough in your first match and lower-ranked players have nothing to lose and bla bla bla... I don't really care about that. How can someone appear that lifeless on court when it's their first match on Tour in five weeks (I'm not counting Davis Cup)?
How could you be bored already?! If you listen to Federer's interview on the ATP website, the Swiss said it's nice for the tennis players to return after a long break, and it's usually after several weeks of play that they actually lose some gas and seem exhausted and careless. This is Murray's first outing since Wimbledon and it's his first chance to make a statement ahead of the US Open. Is that how you treat a match like that?
We were saying that Murray was going for history in Montreal and trying to become the first player in 25 years to win 3 straight Rogers Cup titles... After what I saw today, clearly history was the LAST thing on Muzza's mind!
The no-longer two-time defending champion has now lost in his first match in all the hard-court Masters 1000 events of the season, losing to Donald Young in Indian Wells, Alex Bogomolov Jr. in Miami, and now Anderson in Montreal... ALL IN STRAIGHTS!
Murray plays doubles with his brother Jamie tomorrow. Hopefully he'll try to have some fun on the court and go to Cincy in a better mood... I mean a smile or a "come on!" or a high-five with Jamie will do... Just anything to make us believe he actually "likes" tennis. That's all I'm asking!
P.S I love Andy Murray!