It was a shock defeat for World number 1, Andy Murray as he suffered a second-round defeat in the BNP Paribas Open against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. Pospisil won 6-4 7-6 (7-5).
The 29-year-old Scot appeared sluggish from the start and was no match for the serve-and-volley style employed by the Canadian world number 129, who recorded his first win in 5 meetings agaisnt the world number 1.
Murray was broken four times in total by Pospisil, who celebrated his biggest win on the ATP Tour to secure a third-round clash against Dusan Lajovic.
“If I pick a handful of great moments in my career, this is definitely one of them,” Pospisil said. “To beat the No. 1 player and somebody as accomplished as Andy, one of the greats of the game, is amazing.”
Murray had this to say after the loss: “It’s a disappointing one as I had opportunities in the first set but I didn’t serve well enough.
“I served a few double faults, especially in the first set at important moments, which didn’t help. I really don’t know why I haven’t played my best here over the years.
“He definitely played better in the second set, he was being aggressive and he played some great volleys at important moments. He deserved it.”