Andy Murray criticises himself again after Carlos Alcaraz defeat – ‘I need to be ruthless’

Andy Murray says he's in the 'bad books' after losing ring

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Andy Murray admitted he has to be more “ruthless” after losing his generation game to Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz in Vienna.

The world No.156 beat world No.10 Hubert Hurkacz in the first round at the Erste Bank Open – his best win for 14 months.

But the world No.42 Alcaraz gained revenge for his defeat to Murray in Indian Wells by winning 6-3 6-4 in an entertaining encounter last night.

It was a first-ever defeat in the Austrian capital for two-time champion Murray who had his service broken five times.

And the former No.1 said: “I thought the beginning of the match was exceptional – both of us played very well.

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“I was up a break in the second set and I was not ruthless enough in terms of going for the second break. I need to be more ruthless.

“That is what I did when I was at my best and I  am just not quite there with that. It has cost me a few times.

“It will happen. I am not going to keep losing in the second or third round of tournaments.

“I will get better and I will improve, and I will breakthrough in one week or two weeks or a few months.

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“It will happen. I would obviously like it to be happening quicker than what it is.

“I know I can play better than I am just now and I will. Hopefully my body holds up long enough for me to get that chance.”

Murray is hoping for a wildcard for the Paris Masters and has entered Stockholm but he is “not planning” on playing the Davis Cup.  

British No.1 Cam Norrie plays No.6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime on Thursday seeking his 100th ATP Tour win.

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