Miami - Third-round exits from two elite
ATP events since becoming a father have Britain's Andy Murray searching for
answers as the world number two approaches the start of the clay-court season.
The 28-year-old Scotsman lost a 6-7 (1/7),
6-4, 6-3 shocker to 28th-ranked Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Monday at the
Miami Open after having been sent packing at Indian Wells by Argentina's
48th-ranked Frederico Delbonis.
"I was up a break in the third, same
thing in Indian Wells as well," Murray said. "Then lost a run of
games in both matches. So need to look at that and see where I go from
Murray, who fell to 0-5 in Australian Open
finals with a loss to Novak Djokovic in January, became a father February 7
when his wife Kim gave birth to daughter Sophia and took a break until Indian
"I didn't know what to expect,"
Murray said. "I expected Indian Wells to be tricky. But here I had a long
time to prepare, practiced pretty well.
"Indian Wells, understandable. Here,
not so much."
Murray said becoming a father has given him
a more relaxed perspective on tennis, but has not changed the amount of work he
"Win or lose, it's not irrelevant to
me but it's not as important as it was before," he said. "It's not as
Four of the top five men's seeds and six of
the top 10 at Miami are gone before the last 16, matching 2005's tournament
"It hasn't happened often,"
Murray said of such seeded attrition. I'm not sure exactly why that is."
But Murray is not ready to proclaim this
the year for a change of the guard dumping himself, Rafael Nadal and Roger
"I hope it's not for my sake,"
Murray said. "I need a little more evidence than one or two weeks to
But he does have respect for rising young
talent and their potential for Grand Slam success.
"The group of guys coming up behind
are really, really good players," Murray said. "It depends a little
bit on how they develop, too. A lot of them are huge guys, big guys with big
games and move well."
Murray, the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon
champion, made the French Open semi-finals the past two years and is expected
to be in the hunt again this year at Roland Garros.
But Murray knows he cannot make 55 unforced
errors as he did against Dimitrov.
"Grigor is a very good player but I
had opportunities," Murray said. "It's not like I came out and played
awful stuff the whole time. When you get your chances you have to put your foot