A crucial let down during crunch time cost Andy Murray the final match against Rafael Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London.
His spot in the semis was confirmed after Stan Wawrinka defeated David Ferrer 7-5 6-2 in the other match. Though Murray lost, he will still have a chance to advance if he’ll win against Wawrinka on Friday.
“I wasn’t really helping myself. Nadal was hitting the ball well from the back of the court. “
Murray tallied a total of 29 errors in that loss.
“I wasn’t serving well towards the end of the first set, and it was carried over in the second. I wouldn’t be able to deliver especially against with Nadal playing that well.”
He also did something strange towards the end of the first set, and while he was down 2-1. Murray decided to cut his hair just when he and Nadal were to switch ends.
Apparently, some of his hair were distracting him, as it covers his eyes from time to time. He wasted no time in cutting it, saying it only took him two seconds to get it done.
He will be traveling to Belgium next week to take part in the first Davis Cup final since 1978.
Focusing on the ATP World Finals may not have topped his list last week as Andy Murray practiced and played on clay last week in preparation for the Davis Cup next week. He only had a little time to regain focus when playing on an indoor hard court but he still managed to win against Ferrer last Sunday also at the O2 Arena.
Should Murray won, he would have been assured of the number two spot at year-end, but that won’t be happening after he was outsmarted by Nadal.
“I served an extremely low percentage of first serves, at 43%, that may be my lowest percentage this year.