Andy Murray was beaten by World no.53 Federico Delbonis in the third round. Delbonis achieved one of his major victories by defeating the Britisher by 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(7-3). The 28 year old who had an amazing start in the third set by attaining a 4-1 lead ended up losing a tie-break later in the match.
In his post match interview, he said: “I think it’s just the conditions I have just struggled with here throughout my career.”
“I have never really felt that I played my best tennis here. I have tried and had many different preparations where I’ve got here early and spent a lot of time on the courts, and sometimes I arrive later, like this time from Davis Cup.”
“Obviously, it takes time to get used to new conditions regardless of where it is, but I have just never really found a way to get comfortable here throughout my career. It’s a shame.”
“I changed stringing my racquets like four or five pounds tighter than I was at the Davis Cup, which is significant. Really the tightest I have strung throughout the whole year would be at this event, and I still feel like I can’t really go for my shots.”
“I feel like when I do, I make mistakes. But even you look in the tie-break I missed a couple of backhands long, and then also a couple of balls in the bottom of the net. It just never quite worked out for me here.”