Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray admitted he didn’t play well enough to beat world No. 4 Alexander Zverev at the Indian Wells Masters.
Murray, who received a wild card into Indian Wells, exited the event in the third round as Zverev won 6-4 7-6 (4).
“I don’t think I played well today,” said Murray.
“There’s lots of mistakes. There’s some good stuff in there but it was mixed in with bad. There was no sort of consistency I don’t think.
“My average level was just not really there today. It was either good or bad. I wouldn’t put that down as playing really well.”
Murray blamed lack of consistency for his loss
Murray made a great start to the match, having taken an early 3-0 lead.
After winning the opening three games of the match, Murray suffered back-to-back breaks as Zverev overturned the deficit to take a 5-3 lead.
Murray ended Zverev’s five-game run in the ninth game but the German served out for the opener in the following game.
Murray also made a positive start to the second set, having taken a 3-1 lead.
However, Murray’s lead was short-lived as Zverev broke back in the fifth game and broke the Briton again in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead.
Zverev failed to serve out for the match in the 12th game but realized his first match point in the tie-break to book a straight-set win.
“The consistency isn’t there,” Murray admitted.
“The decision making is not great in the important moments still. They are moments that I was always very strong in and I haven’t been this year. So, disappointed with that.
“The positive for me to take from it is I obviously had opportunities again. I didn’t feel like I played a great match and still had chances so that’s positive. But I’m disappointed because I obviously want to be winning these matches. I haven’t in the past few months.”