An early exit from Montpellier wasn’t ideal but it is far from time to panic

Andy Murray’s time in Montpellier has come to a short end.

The former world number one who’s early season plans had to be rescheduled has lost his opening ATP main draw match.

Murray who was runner-up in the Biella Challenger opted to skip the second of two challengers in Italy to head to Montpellier but it is a short lived visit.

Andy lost to Egor Gerasimov in the first round. After a close first set which saw Murray see a set point in the tie-breaker he did go onto lose it 6-7 (8-10). The second set did turn into a bit of a runaway for the Bulgarian who accelerated following a string of errors from the Brit to a 7-6 6-1 victory.

So, is it time to panic after no wins in four on the main ATP tour?

Absolutely not.

Murray hasn’t won since he defeated Yoshihito Nishioka from two sets and a break down in New York but it is far from time to panic after four defeats on the bounce. The match against Egor Gerasimov was his first tour match for over four months and a month ago his plans and training were put on hold due to a positive Covid-19 test.

It is just about building up that match rhythm again. We saw it on the tour when he returned in 2019. Murray played a lot of doubles including winning the title in Queens before heading out into singles which included a trip to Nadal’s Academy to play the Challenger there.

He followed that up with four consecutive weeks of tennis in Zhuhai, Beijing, Shanghai and Antwerp recording some big wins over Berrettini and Norrie and finished that period winning the title in Antwerp against Stan Wawrinka.

It is not a time to worry at all but be patient.

There does seem to be a lot of pessimism doing the rounds as he has Rotterdam next week which is an ATP 500 event and will be a bigger and tougher draw but that’s the calendar.

It is possible in just over a weeks time that Murray could return to France in Marseille for another ATP 250 and it will be interesting to see what his plans are if he were to go to Miami. Indian Wells is of course off at this time which leaves a potential trip to Dubai and/or Acapulco a possibility.

Why the over-reaction? Is it because he lost 0-6 1-6 0-6 to Aslan Karatsev in his last match at the Australian Open?

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