Andy Murray threw away a 1 set lead as he crashed out of the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells. He went down 2-6 7-5 6-3 to Germany’s number 2 Tommy Haas.
The British number 1 had started brightly, breaking in the third and fifth games to take the opening set relatively comfortably.
But it was Murray’s old problems on his serve that haunted him. At the start of the second set his serve simply deserted him and Haas stormed to a 4-1 lead. With Murray though whenever his serve is misfiring, he always has a chance with his great ability on return and indeed Murray did recovered the break, the joy was short lived as Hass broke again to level.
Murray then missed on five break points on the Hass serve in the decider. He would rue those misses as Haas broke him penultimate game to love, before the 29 year old from Hamburg in Germany served out to take the final set 6-3.
The 20-year-old berated himself afterwards, saying:
If I had played a bit more aggressively in the third set – like I did in the first set – then I would have won the match….I still think I was good enough to win the match but I didn’t.
Murray’s on court attitude was slightly better today compared with yesterday, though it was after a large scream and vent of frustration at losing a break point to go 4-3 up that he then went on to lose the next service game to love. After the match Murray said,
It was better than yesterday, that’s for sure…I got annoyed a couple of times but that was more because I was playing a bit defensive and wasn’t quite finding a way to get on the offensive in the third set….But the mindset was way better today than it was yesterday. I was much calmer at the start of the match.
Tommy Hass will now face Roger Federer in the quarter finals.
Update : Tommy Hass has recently been recovering from a shoulder injury and will now actually miss his quarter final match due to injury