Andy Murray feels that it is only a matter of time before he breaks through again and makes a deep run at a tournament after falling to #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the Erste Bank Open on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old Alcaraz exacted revenge over the former World No. 1, 6-3, 6-4, after falling to him earlier this month in Indian Wells. But the Scot felt he showed more than enough in the two-hour, six-minute duel to suggest that he was well on the right path.
“I’m not going to keep losing in the second and third round of tournaments. I will get better and I will improve and I will break through in one week, or two weeks, or a few months,” Murray said. “It will happen. I obviously would like it to be happening quicker than what it is.
“But he did play extremely well and he’s a top young player and if you’re hitting single-digit unforced errors playing that way and with the power that he has it’s going to be tough… If I continue on that path and build up a little bit more consistency, be that little bit more clinical and a bit more ruthless I will start winning more and have some deep runs, but it’s tough.
“Draws have been hard, I’ve played in some tough tournaments. The draw was stacked here [in Vienna]. There were no easy matches here. It will happen sooner rather than later I think.”
It was his first Top 10 win since he beat Alexander Zverev in August last year at the Western & Southern Open. Other victories over the likes of Frances Tiafoe in a three-hour, 45-minute thriller in Antwerp last week have only added to Murray’s belief.
“I won two days ago against a guy who’s Top 10 in the world, made the semis at Wimbledon this year, won an ATP Masters 1000 this year,” Murray said of Hurkacz. “Alcaraz had a great run at the US Open and I had a good win against him.
“I had some good matches against some top players who’ve had great runs at these events, so I’m not really sure why I should think that I couldn’t do that again. I sort of look at those matches and think if Hurkacz can make semis at Wimbledon why is that not possible?”
Murray, a two-time champion in Vienna, has compiled a 13-11 record this season, including a quarter-final run in Metz. He also pushed third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets in the opening round of the US Open.