British No. 1 Andy Murray was clearly frustrated with his performance on Wednesday afternoon, and that was evidently clear based on his occasional on-court bursts and self-disgust.
Coming off four quick wins over the first half of the tournament, the defending champion was forced to face a much more demanding challenge in budding Bulgarian talent Grigor Dimitrov, to whom he had already lost to in Acapulco earlier this year. Dimitrov had also taken his Queen’s Club title as well a couple of weeks before Wimbledon.
For Murray, the issue was not one strategy, “whatever the tactics were, I didn’t execute them as well as I would have liked. Also, your opponent can do things in the match that you’re not expecting, or hit the ball in certain places which doesn’t allow you to do exactly what you want on the court. He did a good job of that.”
“He’s a talented guy. He can dig himself out of tough situations and points. When you think the point’s won, he can come up with some great shots. I don’t know his exact potential. It’s impossible to say.”
Although he was was slightly temperamental on court, he was a calm and collected at the post-match press conference, and revealed that he does not blame his new coach Amélie Mauresmo for any of his errors. In fact, he thoroughly enjoyed their “chats” over the entire fortnight.
“We’ll sit down and chat about that maybe tomorrow or in a few days,” he said when asked if they would continue the arrangement. “But it has to come from both sides. I’ve really enjoyed the last couple of weeks. I’ve found it good fun. I found it calming. Tactically, I feel like the chats have been good. Also the direction that I would like my tennis to go in. So I hope so.”