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Andy Murray crashes out of the Rogers Cup

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World number two Andy Murray crashes out of the Rogers Cup in the third round, as Latvian Ernests Gulbis beat the Wimbledon Champion in straight sets 6-4 6-3. It is the first time since May 2013 that Andy has lost a match, and it only took Gulbis, ranked 38 in the world, an hour and a half t0 deal with the Scotsman. Sports betting fans would have expected more from Andy, as he already won this competition twice before, and was the first tournament after his emotional Wimbledon title win so the player would have been confident and mentally settled. However, it was not to be, as the day, Gulbis was just too strong and took advantage of every opportunity that came his way.

Ernests Gulbis is one of the rising stars of the tennis circuit. The 24 year old player from Riga, has climbed 100 places through the rankings since the start of 2013 and has won at Delray Beach. No one would have expected Andy to go out in such dramatic fashion, but it only goes to show how competitive tennis has become. Even with Murray achieving more than 80% of his First Serve in the first set, it was still not enough to get on top of the game, as Gulbis managed to deal with it and took advantage Andy’s second serve. And as the match progressed the Latvian gained in confidence, as it became a more and more clear that he was destined to win on the day.

It does obviously asks the question about Murray and his ability to win consistently. As mentioned earlier, one would have thought coming from a title win at Wimbledon and his past success at the Rogers Cup, that Andy would have been able to achieve back to back wins, as solid preparation for his defence of the US Open in New York. So although, there is no doubt that Andy has the potential to achieve great things, the verdict is still out as to whether or not he can become of the great champions who have all managed to win consistently, year in year out.

 

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