Murray is off to a Losing Start in 2017

Murray is off to a losing start at the 2017 Mubadala World Tennis Championships.

Murray is off to a losing start at the 2017 Mubadala World Tennis Championships.

Just yesterday I was waxing lyrical about the positive start one Rafael Nadal had made. The Spaniard dispatched world number 10, Thomas Berdych, with relative ease. The point of that post was to muse over whether this positive start by the King of Clay was a sign of things to come in 2017. Well now we have some more musing to do. Murray is off to a losing start with a straight sets defeat to David Goffin.

Murray is off to a Losing Start — Time to Worry?

Now, no secrets, I am a big Murray fan, so understand that I’m fighting a natural bias to be impartial when I talk about the Scot. I had little redeeming to say about Thomas Berdych’s drubbing at the hands of Nadal yesterday, so it will be hard for me to paint Murray too positive a light after a straight sets defeat today. As I said in the other post, however, this was an exhibition match, and has no real bearing on the competitors standing in tennis.

But still.

It’s not the best way for the new world number one to kick off his reign.

After dropping the first set on a tiebreak, 7—6 (7—4), Murray actually went on to break Goffin in the second set and go 3—2 up. It didn’t last, however. World number 11, Goffin, broke back, and went on to take the set 6—4.

Doubtless Muzza will be more focused when he tees off in Doha and Melbourne in the coming weeks, but I’m sure he would have liked to have added Abu Dhabi to his recent haul. As BBC notes, Murray had only lost nine matches in the whole of his 2016 season! And half of those were in finals.

And most of those were against Novak Djokovic.

It’s not over in Abu Dhabi for Andy Murray, though. He can now look forward to a 3rd/4th place playoff against the loser of Nadal vs. Milos Raonic. I’ll be eagerly awaiting the result of that match.

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