Murray had entered this event struggling with form from his previous matches, low in confidence and under tremendous pressure to defend his title. Fognini didn’t let this rare chance get away from his grip and did succeed to capitalise on the mediocre form of the Scot in style.The World No.25, triumphed, in what was a rather tantalizing and jaw dropping performance from him, winning in a straight set, 6-2,6-4 giving the locals a good worth of their money.
Fognini started the match strongly, breaking the Murray serve to take an early 3-0 lead in the first set and winning it 6-2, ending it with a love game. He showed some class act in placing the ball all around the court and making Murray sweat to the end.
The 2nd set started up akin to the 1st with Murray’s serve failing again. This time the Italian kept a strong hold over his game and taking a swift 5-1 lead to put Murray under tremendous pressure. There was an instance when the Scot seemed confident for a comeback seeing him make it 5-4. But Fognini maintained his grounds strongly, giving his all to overthrow a rather “mediocre” Murray, to make it 6-4.
“I’m really happy with my performance today. I played really good against Andy, but of course it was difficult against the number one in the world,” Fognini said after the match ended.
With this loss, Murray extended his run of dismay even longer than predicted by the pundits. It was a must win for the Scot but him failing to do the same means a great advantage for the World No.2, Djokovic to capitalise on this and hustle nearer to dismantling the World No.1 from his spot. Murray has failed to bag a title since Dubai Open.
This marked a consecutive 2nd early exit, with the Scot leaving Madrid very early. It is seemingly just a “wait and watch” game for Murray now, as he searches for his long lost form.
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