Murray: 'I Made Too Many Mistakes'
Andy Murray's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals campaign over after defeat to Stan Wawrinka
A convincing straight-sets result against David Ferrer to kick off his 2015 Barclays ATP World Tour campaign had Andy Murray poised to reach his first semi-final at the season finale in three years. But back-to-back defeats to a resurgent No. 5 Rafael Nadal and on Friday night to No. 4 Stan Wawrinka have brought a premature end to his campaign, with Wawrinka sealing a showdown against his countryman Roger Federer on Saturday.
Twice before the Scot had reached the semi-finals – in 2010 and ’12 – but his Swiss opponent ensured any ambitions to land a maiden season-ending championship would have to wait at least another year. “Way too many errors the last two matches,” Murray said. “Everyone obviously can make mistakes. It's just more on easy shots, cheap errors. Just something really for the most part of this year I haven't been doing.
“But this week and actually a lot of the time when I've played here on this court, I've felt the same way. I made too many mistakes. Maybe against David I had a little bit more time on the ball, whereas Stan and Rafa hit the ball pretty big. My timing wasn't there today.”
The result booked a third straight semi-final appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for Wawrinka. Last year, he held match points before falling to Federer. He will get his shot at redemption on Saturday.
“I'm not trying to take anything away from Stan. He serves big,” Murray said. “At certain points in the match, he was hitting the ball very hard off both sides, playing sort of high-risk tennis, making a lot of winners.
“There was a period in the middle of the second set where he played extremely well, a lot of passing shots, hitting clean winners onto the line. There's not much I can do about that.”
One more match win for Murray this week and the No. 2 year-end Emirates ATP Ranking would have been his, the highest finish to a season in his career. Still, he has a chance at cementing the No. 2 position should Federer now fail to win the tournament. The result means an earlier-than-expected flight to Belgium for Murray, where he will prepare for his first Davis Cup final.
“The only positive for me this week is I've come away from it injury-free,” he said. “Now I have a couple more days to get ready for Belgium.”