Andy Murray angered by Miami Open defeat to Dimitrov
A racquet-smashing Andy Murray saw his hopes of a third Miami Open title go up in flames as he was beaten in three sets by Grigor Dimitrov.
Murray, who also went out of the Indian Wells Masters in the third round a fortnight ago, was a set up, but the 26th seed hit back to seal a 6-7 6-4 6-4 win and leave Murray with just two wins since reaching the Australian Open final in January.
Playing at his training base in Florida, where he won the 2009 and 2013 titles, there was little sign of home advantage for the Brit as the Bulgarian dominated from the baseline throughout and when Dimitrov won the second set, Murray took his frustration out on his racquet, which earned him a violation.
The opening set had started well for Murray as after wasting three break points in the opening game he then made the breakthrough in the third game before Dimitrov hit straight back to level at 2-2.
It went with serve until a tie-break where the Brit prevailed, conceding just one point to take the set.
An error-riddled start to the second set saw Murray win just two points in the opening four games as Dimitrov raced into a 4-0 lead.
Murray brought it back to 4-3 and then had a break point to level at 5-5, but Dimitrov held on for the set to send it to a deciding third and push Murray over the edge as he got violent with his racquet.
Murray as he took advantage of some Dimitrov errors to lead at 3-1 but then it began to crumble in the early evening sunshine in Miami.
The Bulgarian broke back and Murray, looking to be struggling physically, cut a disconsolate figure as Dimitrov won the final four games in succession to take the deciding set 6-4.
Meanwhile british number two Heather Watson has crashed out of the Miami Open after a straight-sets defeat (6-3 6-4) to Simona Halep.
Belfast Telegraph Digital