Andy Murray blamed his own ‘poor attitude’ for his defeat to Diego Schwartzman at the European Open in Antwerp.
The Scot, who last won the European Open title in 2019, suffered a 6-4, 7-6(6) defeat to the Argentine second seed.
Murray started off brightly, racing into a 4-1 lead, but Schwartzman proved too quick around the court as several of the former British No.1’s decision making backfired.
‘I didn’t make as many good decisions as I would have liked in the second set dealing with adversity,’ Murray said.
‘Mentally I was poor and my attitude was poor on the court.
‘They are two things you can control, if they’re not there, that will make the decision-making harder in the matches.’
It was the first ever meeting between Murray and Schwartzman and the latter had plenty of kind words to say about his opponent in his post-match interview.
‘It was a pleasure to play against Andy,’ said the world No.14.
‘We had not played before and he is coming back and every week he is playing better and moving better.
‘I have a lot of respect because when I grew up playing tennis, I was watching Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic and right now, playing against him is a pleasure for me.’
Murray, who sits 172nd in the world rankings, is next expected to compete at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna next week.
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