Murray sees silver lining despite defeat in final

Perhaps Andy Murray should sack his coaches more often. Although his run at the Los Angeles Open eventually ended in defeat to Sam Querrey late on Sunday night, the 23-year-old Scot was still able to reflect on a week that saw him reach his first final since the Australian Open six months ago.

Considering he had just been through the emotional turmoil of parting company with Miles Maclagan, Murray could take heart from his performances at a tournament in which he had not intended to take part. The world No 4 had planned to make his post-Wimbledon reappearance at next week's Toronto Masters, but accepted a late invitation to take a wild card into Los Angeles in preference to extending his mid-season training camp in Miami.

Murray reached the final with victories over Tim Smyczek (world No 171), Alejandro Falla (No 61) and Feliciano Lopez (No 24). He had a match point against Querrey before losing 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 after two hours and 22 minutes as the world No 20 successfully defended his title.

Querrey broke in the third game but Murray levelled to 4-4 and took the first set four games later when his opponent double-faulted. The 6ft 6in Californian smashed his racket in frustration, but recovered to win a tight second set. At 4-5 and 30-40 Murray had a match point but missed a backhand down the line. Querrey won the tie-break 7-2.

The only break of serve in the decider came when Murray netted an attempted drop shot as he served at 2-3. Murray, who put 66 per cent of his first serves in court, had a brief chance when Querrey served for the match at 5-3, but at 30-40 the American hit a forehand winner and then served it out.

Although Murray had not dropped a set in his four previous meetings with Querrey, he was satisfied with his progress. "If you take the circumstances into consideration I have to be happy with getting to the final," he said. "I had a good week. I enjoyed it. Each match, I felt better physically."

Jez Green, one of Murray's physical trainers, and Andy Ireland, his physiotherapist, were with him in Los Angeles and both will travel on to Toronto. They were joined in California by Murray's friend and occasional hitting partner, Carlos Mier, who used to be his room-mate at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona.

Murray is not expected to appoint a new coach until after the US Open. Darren Cahill, who used to work with Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, has been linked with the Scot and may yet join up with him, despite comments the Australian made to ESPN, for whom he works as a part-time analyst. "I've got my ESPN duties and also work with Adidas," Cahill said. "I can't be full-time for anyone."

Murray, however, is considering a structure in which a senior figure like Cahill would take overall charge of his coaching without having to tour with him week-in and week-out.

It is now nine months since Murray won a title and he is in imminent danger of being overtaken by Robin Soderling in the world rankings. Having won in Canada last year, Murray will be defending 1,000 ranking points in Toronto next week. Soderling, who at No 5 is 470 points behind Murray, has nothing to defend in Toronto, which means that the Scot will be overtaken by the Swede if he fails to make the final on Sunday week.

Voices
voices Simon Usborne: It's not about political correctness. It's about decency
Sport
Wojciech Szczesny watches the ball cross the line as Garath McCleary scores for Reading
football All the latest from Wembley as Gunners face Reading in semi-final
Life and Style
health
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...