Andy Murray has expressed his surprise at the speed and bounce of the court at the Miami Open after being knocked out in the first round by Dusan Lajovic. Despite feeling that he had been practising well recently, Murray struggled throughout the match and failed to find his rhythm, losing 6-4 7-5 to his Serbian opponent. The former world number one, who won the event in 2009 and 2013, admitted that the Miami court was much faster and bouncier than Indian Wells, where he reached the last-32 last week. Murray’s Sunshine Swing is over, and he will now turn his attention to the upcoming clay season.
Carlos Alcaraz, the defending champion in Miami and recent winner of the Indian Wells title, is expected to perform well in the coming weeks. However, Murray has warned against placing too much expectation on the 19-year-old’s shoulders. While he believes Alcaraz has an excellent all-around game that will translate well onto all surfaces, Murray cautioned against predicting that anyone could win 20-plus grand slams, describing such expectations as unrealistic. Murray’s fellow Briton, Kyle Edmund, also suffered a defeat at the Miami Open, losing 7-5 7-5 to China’s Wu Yibing in one hour and 35 minutes.