Murray criticises "poor" display

22 October 2021 21:22:10 GMTPlus11
Diego Schwartzman saw off Andy Murray

Andy Murray has crashed out of the European Open in Antwerp following a straight-sets defeat to Diego Schwartzman in the round of 16.

In the quarter finals, Schwartzman is 4/6 to beat Brandon Nakashima, who is 6/5 to win.

Murray was a wildcard entry in the ATP event in Belgium and prevailed in a pulsating first-round contest with Frances Tiafoe 7-6 6-7 7-6, setting up a clash with second seed Schwartzman, but Murray crumbled second time out, losing 4-6 6-7 in two hours and 13 minutes.

Mentally I was poor and my attitude was poor on the court.

Andy Murray

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The European Open was the last singles title won by Murray back in 2019 and after failing to progress he will now turn his attentions to the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria next Monday.

He could also feature in the Paris Masters as a wildcard or qualifier, but will firstly want to work on his overall mentality, which he described as poor in the defeat to Schwartzman.

Murray's Argentinian counterpart enjoyed a first-round bye in the European Open and will now face American Nakashima in the last eight in Antwerp, having reached the same stage at the Indian Wells Masters in California recently.

Murray annoyed by attitude

Speaking after his defeat, Murray, who is 172 in the ATP rankings, said: "I didn't make as many good decisions as I would have liked in the second set dealing with adversity.

"Mentally I was poor and my attitude was poor on the court.

"There are two things you can control, if they're not there that will make the decision-making harder in matches."

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