For a minute there, former World No. 1, Andy Murray, looked like he had gotten the better of current second seed, Schwartzman, but things went downhill hard and fast, costing the 34-year old yet another win.
The Brit lost an advantage (4-1) like he has been doing recently when he allowed the opponent five consecutive games to lose the first set 6-4, and fought hard in the second set, but his opponent won a tie break to win 7-6, ending the game in two sets.
The current World No. 172 blamed himself for the loss though, stating that he wasn’t at his best mentally or attitude-wise, which hardened his decisions and gave Diego the win. “Mentally, today I was poor. My attitude was poor on the court… that will also make the decision-making harder,” he admitted.
Murray, who last won a tour title two years ago, agreed that not every decision you make during play can be right, but your mind should register when you are losing or winning points, something he wasn’t able to do in that match.
The 2012 US Open winner looks forward to future events like the Paris Masters, which he is set to qualify for if he doesn’t get a wild card. “But I might even play the qualis there,” Murray stated.
The three-time grand slam champion doesn’t care much whether he plays well or not; the result is what matters more and he wants to win more matches on the upcoming tours, which he termed “strong.”
As Murray prepares for other tournaments, Schwartzman, who revealed that playing against someone he grew up watching (Murray) was a pleasure, faces American Brandon Nakashima next.