For the second time this year Andy Murray has come up against a tough serve and volleyer. First of all it was Mischa Zverev in Melbourne and now Vasek Pospisil in Indian Wells.
Indian Wells has never been a happy stomping ground for the world number one and once again he leaves the tournament early despite an encouraging start.
The Brit got an early break to lead 3-1 after saving break points of his own in the opening game but at 4-2 things quickly changed as the Canadian who has previously been ranked as high as 25 in the world won four games in a row to take the set 6-4 with Murray have little time and no answers to the serve and volley of the 26 year old.
From a Murray perspective it is disappointing but you cannot under credit the brilliance and cleverness of the play.
The serve out wide is pretty flat, there isn’t much spin on the ball just perfect angle and because of the angle and the type of serve Murray can only get a flat racket head shape on it as shown below.
This return is ineffective, he was basically volleying the serve back but at a volley height for Pospisil but this isn’t through a want to return like this but if anything he is forced into it, there is no other option.
The movement is so precise as well! He isn’t charging forward like a bull in a China shop but it’s measured and calculated. He knows he is playing against the best returner in men’s tennis and he didn’t give him to much to hit off.
Credit to Pospisil for a gutsy and well performed plan, hopefully he can gain that momentum and climb back to where he belongs on the rankings as well.