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5 reasons Andy Murray is struggling with form right now

After his early loss to Fabio Fognini at the Italian Open, we examine the struggles of the World No. 1

Top 5 / Top 10 19 May 2017, 11:15 IST
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20:  Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates a point during the Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the O2 Arena on November 20, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

World No.1 Andy Murray has had perhaps the most surprising downturn in form in the 2017 season following his ascent to World No. 1 last year. The Scot, who showed a singular consistency in the 2016 season, winning his third Grand Slam tite at Wimbledon, has had middling to poor results this year, ones that he will likely have hoped to improve on at the Madrid Masters, where he was top seeded. 

A finalist last year, Andy Murray has not managed to progress beyond the Round of 16 at the 2017 edition of the tournament following a straight sets loss to young Croat talent Borna Coric.

No clay court slouch himself, Coric has beaten Murray before, in 2015 – but yesterday thoroughly outclassed the World No. 1 in straight sets to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament. 

1. Lack of Confidence

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 20:  Andy Murray of Great Britain looks dejected during his third round match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain on day 5 of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Series at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 20, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Following a string of early losses this year, the mercurial – and very emotional Andy Murray has famously struggled with his temper on court. Having battled hard to overcome what seemed like an insurmountable points deficit to Novak Djokovic to ascend to World No. 1. 

But now, Murray is struggling to move past the earliest rounds at tournaments and if he does, the top seed sees unexpected losses routinely. This year, he has made two finals – winning of those one title, but since then, has had recurrent losses early on – in the Round of 16, Round of 32, quarter-finals, to players with far less experience than himself. 

Those repeated losses can take a toll on a player, and may have done so in the case of Andy Murray. A lack of confidence can be deadly to the best player, in this case that ‘best’ actually being Andy Murray.

That may have worked on Murray to a point that the Scot is finding it difficult to now cope. 

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