Andy Murray is out of Indian Wells after a three set defeat to Federico Delbonis in round three.The Brit fell to a great challenge from the Argentine who becomes the first left handed player not called Rafael Nadal since 2011 to beat Andy Murray.
I’m surprised and disappointed for Murray but at the same time nothing can be taken away from Delbonis who had a game plan and stuck to it well!
Power was the name of the game and Delbonis certainly played with that and off the forehand he was so dangerous pushing Murray around the back of the court but likewise off the backhand as well which denied Murray time to move up the court and the majority of the longer rallies in the match were won by the Argentine!
Murray didn’t play well consistently throughout the match. I felt his game was a little bit flat and lacked any control at times during rallies with a lot of unforced errors during the match and struggling to deal with the power of Delbonis.
There was a bit of drama in the match towards the end of the first set…
Murray’s second serve was called in and after Delbonis had hit his return long he then asked to challenge the serve of Murray which the umpire allowed. This obviously didn’t go down well with Murray especially when hawkeye then showed the serve of Murray to be out giving Delbonis the game.
In the rules this shouldn’t have been allowed as the challenge should have happened immediately once he thought the ball was out not after he’d lost the point!
A bad day at the office for Murray but for Delbonis surely his biggest career win to date?