Murray falls to Verdasco in straight sets

In another first-round defeat, Andy Murray goes down to Fernando Verdasco in Cologne

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Andy Murray continued to struggle for form as he went down 4-6, 4-6 to Fernando Verdasco in the opening round in Cologne on Tuesday.

This defeat comes close on heels of his surprisingly tame show at the French Open, when he lost 1-6, 3-6, 2-6 against former champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round.

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“I need to get back to playing my game on the court,” admitted Murray, who had beaten Verdasco in 13 of their previous 14 meetings.

“I have gone away from that a little bit and am making more mistakes than usual. I need to practise, play matches and physically get better.”

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“Some things I did a little bit better but overall it was not that much better than that match,” said the 33-year-old Scot, comparing it to his French Open performance.

It’s a surface that I’m a little bit more comfortable on, so that probably helped me. But in terms of my game, it was not much better.”

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It has been a tough ask for former World No 1 Murray, who has struggled to come back to his physical game after the two hip surgeries. His game came under scrutiny after the clay-court major, which he had entered as a wildcard.

“I worry about Andy Murray,” former Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander had said.

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“I would love to hear him say why he is out there, giving us a false sense of hope that he going to come back one day.

“I keep getting a little bit disappointed, is it his right to be out there doing that? Why? I did it and I shouldn’t have, it was the biggest mistake I did in my career.

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“I think Andy Murray needs to stop thinking of himself and start thinking about who he was. Does he have a right to be out there taking wildcards from the young players?”