Andy Murray has said that he is not playing “good tennis” after he crashed out of his second tournament in the space of a week and with the French Open just around the corner.
Murray, who is the current world No 1, was comfortably beaten 6-2 6-4 by Fabio Fognini in a round of 32 match at the Rome Masters last week, just one week after his surprise straight sets defeat to Borna Coric at the Madrid Masters.
The British player has now suffered seven losses since the start of this year and he admits that he is concerned about his form with the French Open fast approaching.
Following the match Murray said, “I am just not playing well. I mean, the last couple of weeks, they have been tough and I haven’t played well. I am just not playing good tennis and I need to try and work out how to turn that around.”
From the very start of the match Murray struggled to deal with the intensity of home favourite Fognini who dominated the match with his impressive forehand and drop shot winners.
Murray said that is “sure” that he could have done many things better. But he praised Fognini saying, “he started the match extremely well and then mid-to-end part of the second set, there were a few opportunities there. But he was taking the ball early, hitting the ball close to the lines and dominating most of the points.”
Murray said that normally you hope that your opponent will make a few mistakes to give you a few opportunities and that you will also try to create a few opportunities for yourself. However, while he said that Fognini did make some mistakes, he said he “certainly” didn’t manage to create any of his own opportunities.