March 16, 2013

Andy Murray KO'd at BNP Paribas Open by Juan Martin Del potro

Juan Matin Del Potro took advantage of a below-par Andy Murray to book a semi-final against world number one Novak Djokovic with a 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-1 win at the BNP Paribas Open.
ANDY MURRAY blew his hopes of becoming world No 2 last night after he was worn down by Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.

With temperatures topping 95 degrees, the Scot took the first set but lost his way to lose 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 to the 6ft 6in Argentine.

“I thought in the first set I was playing pretty decent and I hit the ball decent throughout the match but in the important moments he played well," Murray said.

“I had some chances to break back in the third set but didn't manage to get them.

“I could've served better and returned better. Two pretty important parts of the game.”

DEL HELL ... British No 1 Murray on his way out against Argentine Del Potro
Murray needed to get to the final to overtake Roger Federer to become world No 2 and looked on course when he took a tough first set on the tie-break.

But he was broken at the start of the second set and Del Potro clinched victory after two hours 30 minutes.

The match contained a host of exhausting rallies as Murray tried to break down the Del Potro backhand.

The Argentine had two break points in the opening game but Murray held them and both men were untroubled on serve for the rest of the set.

The first four points of the tie-break went against serve but eventually Murray snatched it 7-5 to move ahead.

The world No 3 then took a toilet break and, when he came back, lost his first service game to lose momentum.

Del Potro held serve with ease to level the match.

Bbut Murray had a chance to break in the second game of the decider, only to miss it.

The Olympic and US Open champion then dropped his own serve to trail 2-1 before missing an immediate chance to break back.

From then on it was all Del Potro.

He broke again in the fifth game and repeated the feat when Murray served his eighth double fault.

Murray now heads to Miami for the second of back-to-back Masters Series events, a tournament where he reached the final last year.

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