Andy Murray never looked like hurting Grigor Dimitrov says former Grand Slam winner

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Seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander feels that Grigor Dimitrov was a nightmare second round opponent for Andy Murray.

Murray didn’t get any openings in a match that saw Dimitrov do what he does best and run down everything the Scot sent his way.

Wilander doesn’t feel that the loss signifies the end of the road for Murray.

“It looked like Andy Murray was going to be in for a long match, trying to move Grigor around a lot and take his legs, but he didn’t,” Wilander said on the Eurosport feed.

“It was just a great match; Grigor was moving brilliantly. I look at it as Grigor Dimitrov might be playing the best tennis of his career. An excellent job today in three sets.

“The older guys and women, the first set is crucial as you can relax a little bit but it didn’t look like he had the weapons to hurt Dimitrov.

“Grigor was hitting sliced backhand after sliced backhand and he didn’t miss and he felt like he could go forever. He has been playing great tennis the last couple of years but he is far from a veteran on Tour.

“You need a break or you need to win that first set, then it feels natural to fire yourself up or you’re looking at the scoreboard.

“I think Andy Murray keeps playing and pushing and hopefully he won’t run into players who play like Grigor today. I’m wondering if when Grigor plays the young guys, it might be a bit more difficult as an athlete but today the game plan was spot on I think.”

Former WTA Tour professional Barbara Schett was in conversation with Wilander.

Schett agreed that a bad start doomed Murray, who never looked like getting a foothold in the match.

She felt that Dimitrov put in one of his best Grand Slam displays in besting Murray.

“It was a very loose game from Andy with so many unforced errors which makes a big difference at this stage of his career, he had to try and win that first set,” Schett said in the post-match analysis.

“Grigor covers the court extremely well indeed but I feel like Andy was slightly cracked out there today.

“Whenever I watch Grigor play, I’m usually so impressed, but he doesn’t have the consistency in Grand Slams.”

Murray has not reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam since the 2017 edition of Wimbledon when he reached the last eight.

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