Andy Murray Indian Wells 2021

‘Mentally I was poor’ – Andy Murray slams his attitude after Antwerp defeat

Andy Murray has slammed his poor attitude following his straight sets defeat to Diego Schwartzman in Antwerp on Thursday.

The British star, who came into the encounter off the back of a marathon match with Frances Tiafoe, lost two narrow sets to the Argentine 6-4 7-6(6).

The 34-year-old cruised into a 4-1 lead in the opening set before losing five consecutive games to trail by a set, with the second set decided on a tense tie-break after both players exchanged breaks of serve.

Murray’s last tour level title was in Antwerp against Stan Wawrinka two years ago, though has since undergone major hip surgery which has hampered his results.

Following the contest, Murray criticised his poor attitude which impacted his decision making at important moments of the match.

“Mentally, today I was poor,” Murray told reporters after the match.

“My attitude was poor on the court and those are two things you can control. If they’re not there, that also will make the decision-making harder.

“You’re not going to get every single one (decision) right in the match, but you also have to be present enough to acknowledge what is actually happening in the points and why you are winning and losing points.”

Revealing his plans for 2021, Murray confirmed he will play in both Vienna and Stockholm and has his sight set on the Paris Masters where he could enter into the qualifying draw if isn’t handed a wildcard.

“There’ll be a decision on the final Paris wildcard on Monday, but I might even play the qualis there,” he said.

“Sport is a results business. Play well or poorly doesn’t really matter if you lose matches. You need to be winning. That’s what I want in the last few tournaments.

“They are really strong tournaments and there are no guarantees the results will come, but I want to win more matches.”

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