Britain’s Andy Murray blamed his shock defeat at Indian Wells on his inability to hit the ground running at tournaments.
The Scot lost 7-6 6-3 to American qualifier Donald Young, and though he paid tribute to his opponent’s qualities he admitted he had not been in any sort of shape to face the inspired world number 143.
“Early on in tournaments when you’re not hitting the ball well, running a lot of balls down and making your opponent play, you can sometimes get the job done,” explained Murray.
“But I didn’t move particularly well and he hit a lot of winners. He gained in confidence I guess from hitting more winners.
“I started the match well and then, when it got close to the end of the first set, I didn’t do anything particularly well,” Murray said after serving up eight aces and four double faults.
“The crowd were for him. He started playing better. I didn’t find my way back into the match.” Murray later warned the 21-year-old that hitting the top is as much about consistency as quality.