It seems like Mopey Murray, the player of a couple of years ago who would get into a funk in a match and not be able to pull himself out, is back. The tournament’s second seed is now losing to Marin Cilic, 5-7, 2-6, and is down a break in the third. Cilic’s first-serve percentage is dismal, but Murray’s returns have been worse. He’s been playing uninspired, messy tennis, and, after being a finalist here last year, he may not make it to the quarters.
UPDATE: Andy Murray lost the third set, 6-2, and the match. Cilic had more errors in the shocking two-hour-long steamroll, but Murray had only 11 winners, showing how little he was dictating, or even attempting to dictate, play.
Says the BBC live-blogger: “I am stunned. The crowd is stunned. I think Cilic is too. He looks like he doesn’t know what to do with himself as he celebrates the biggest win of his career so far. Questions will be asked about Murray now, and for the first time, he probably deserves it.”
A few minutes after the match, Murray called the loss the biggest disappointment of his career.