Sunday, August 1, 2010

Murray Fades Against Querrey at Farmers Classic

Andy Murray is defeated in the finals of the 2010 Farmers Classic with a surprise win by American Sam Querrey.

Top seeded Andy Murray was the favourite to win the title in L.A., and after a shaky start in his first match against the 192nd ranked Tim Smyczek, Murray beat Falla in the next round to reach the semifinals against Feliciano Lopez. In a bizarre match, Murray easily won the first set 6-0, Lopez unexpectedly broke back to win the second set 6-1, and then Murray closed out the match with a 6-4 win in the third set.

In the finals against Sam Querrey, Murray took the first set 7-5 and seemed to be in control of the match when Querrey upped his game and won the second set in a tiebreak. Breaking early in the third, Querrey managed to stay strong mentally and he won the match, and the championships, with a 6-3 win in the third set.

It's hard to say how much this loss will affect Murray in the coming weeks. Yes, Murray had some questionable moments throughout the event, and he lost a final that he should have won. And yes, he will need to play much, much better next week in Toronto if he has any chance of defending his 2009 title there. But unlike players like Federer and Nadal, who have not played in any events since Wimbledon, at least Murray has had some match play, and going into the Rogers Cup with some matches under his belt might give him some much needed confidence. On the other hand, going into the Rogers Cup knowing you just lost to Sam Querrey is not going to help you when you're preparing for your match against Rafa Nadal. 

Murray will have a bit of time to reflect on his play in L.A., as he is not scheduled to play in any events this coming week. Hopefully he'll figure out what went wrong and be ready to defend his title in Toronto. 

And in the last big tournament before the Rogers Cup, top players like Roddick and Berdych will compete at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic taking place this week in Washington, D.C. Click here for information on the draw and player chances.

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