Andy Murray admitted that “my attitude was bad” after retiring from the Antwerp European Open with a straight set loss to Diego Schwartzman. Murray, back at the scene of his last singles title in 2019, couldn’t make the most of an early lead as Schwartzman won 6-4, 7-6 (6) in two hours and 13 minutes.
The Argentinian had the luxury of a first-round pass on Tuesday as Murray made his way through the final 16 with an epic victory over Frances Tiafoe that lasted nearly four hours.
“I didn’t make as many good decisions as I would have liked in the second set in the face of adversity,” said Murray. “Mentally, I was poor and my attitude was bad on the pitch.
Murray landed the first blow against Schwartzman to take a 3-1 lead and the Scotsman’s service was not disturbed until the Argentine fired back in Game 7. Murray saved a second break point with an ace, but this was the third time Schwartzman has broken, equalized and then taken the lead. Schwartzman won the first set, winning a fifth consecutive game.
Murray held on serve early in the next set by saving two breakpoints, but Schwartzman took a 3-2 lead, before Murray again showed his resilience to tie it at 4-4.
The pair then led in an exciting tie-break that saw no less than five break points, but Schwartzman took the win with his second match point.
Continuing his comeback less than a year after hip resurfacing surgery, Murray now plans to play at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna next week and the Stockholm Open in November. Murray could also play in the Paris Masters in between, perhaps as a wildcard or entering the qualifying stages.
“There will be a decision on the final Paris wildcard on Monday, but I might even play qualifying there,” Murray said. “Sport is about results. Playing well or bad doesn’t really matter if you lose matches. You have to be a winner. This is what I want in the last tournaments. These are really strong tournaments and there is no guarantee that the results will come, but I want to win more matches.
Emma Raducanu has announced that she will take part in the WTA tour in Austria next month. The US Open champion, who is due to compete in the Transylvanian Open next week, said in a video posted to Twitter: “I am very happy to participate in the Upper Austria Ladies Linz tournament in November. Hope to see you there. “
The Upper Austria Ladies Linz event will take place from November 6 to 12. The 18-year-old British star has withdrawn from this week’s VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Raducanu has only played one game since becoming an international star with her victory at Flushing Meadows last month, suffering a second round loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open.
After losing 6-2, 6-4 to Sasnovich at Indian Wells – which came 27 days after her US Open triumph – Raducanu says she needs to “relax” as she comes to terms with her news life of grand slam champion.