Former world No. 4 James Blake insists that Andy Murray should be absolutely happy with his Indian Wells Masters campaign.
Murray, who received a wild card into Indian Wells, exited the event in the third round as Alexander Zverev beat the Briton 6-4 7-6 (4).
Murray, now ranked at No. 121 in the world, was up by a break in both sets against Zverev but failed to capitalize on his lead.
“For Andy Murray, coming off a three-hour match and coming back and knowing that his body can recover that quickly, that’s a huge moral victory. As far as the tennis, he knows he can play better and I think that’s a huge positive he can take from this that’s he competing with No. 4 in the world even when he’s not playing his best tennis,” Blake said during his appearance on Tennis Channel.
Murray wasn’t thrilled with his performance
“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 the reason behind his 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.”