Former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard definitely saw promising signs in the game of Andy Murray despite the Briton’s loss to Alexander Zverev.
Murray, a former world No. 1, exited the Indian Wells Masters in the third round as No. 3 seed Zverev claimed a 6-4 7-6 (4) win over the Briton.
“Yes, there definitely are. I know Andy likes to be hard on himself, he tends to be negative, but I think there are a lot of positives to take away. I watched that match and I thought his movement looked some of the best since his hip surgery. You know, to compete with No. 4 in the world, two tight sets over two hours — that’s the level he wants to be playing at. I think there are positives,” Bouchard said during her appearance on Tennis Channel.
Murray thought he wasn’t good enough against Zverev
“I don’t think I played well today,” said Murray.
“There’s lots of mistakes. There’s some good stuff in there but it was mixed in with bad. There was no sort of consistency I don’t think.
“My average level was just not really there today. It was either good or bad. I wouldn’t put that down as playing really well.”
Murray specifically mentioned lack of consistency as one of the reasons for the Zverev loss.
“The consistency isn’t there,” Murray admitted.
“The decision making is not great in the important moments still. They are moments that I was always very strong in and I haven’t been this year. So, disappointed with that.
“The positive for me to take from it is I obviously had opportunities again. I didn’t feel like I played a great match and still had chances so that’s positive. But I’m disappointed because I obviously want to be winning these matches. I haven’t in the past few months.”