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2005 Apr 19 - Murray defeated in ATP debut

Andrew Murray's first senior match ended in a defeat to Czech Jan Hernych 6-3 4-6 4-6 in the Barcelona Open.

It was however fitting that Andrew's senior debut should be as a wildcard in the Barcelona Open as he is based at the Sanchez-Casal academy in the city.

The match started well for the young Scot as he broke twice to take the opening set.

Trailing a break in the second set he recovered only to lose his serve again and force a deciding set.

In the final set the 17-year-old battled through cramp to lead 3-1 but he was then broken twice, which sealed victory for the Czech.

After the match Andrew said:

"I've got a very good chance to get to the top, as I'm only 17 and this guy was about 75 in the world.

"I didn't play my best match and I still could have won.

"I didn't play well at all today. I need to improve my physical strength because that let me down a bit toward the end of the third set."

Pato Alvares (Andrew's coach) added:

"This is his first main serious competition at this level and he had about 10 or 11 break points.

"The only problem was nerves. He just needs to play more and have the mentality to believe he can win, which he will develop over the next year.

"When he arrived here, he was used to a different style and so was making many mistakes.

"But he's now got over this. I think he can be one of the best. He's a very good player and I have a lot of belief in him."


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