‘I want to be playing at this level,’ says Andy Murray after running Andrey Rublev close in Rotterdam

Andy Murray says he has learned a lot from his defeat in Rotterdam to Andrey Rublev, although there is regret there too.

At times during the first set, Murray looked closer to his old self than he had been for years.

His movement was smooth and his hitting clean, and he had chances to break the world number eight midway through the set.

However, it all came crumbling down in his last service game of the match, when he double faulted twice to be broken from 30-0 up.

However, Murray is refusing to get disheartened, and he continues to see many positives despite the 7-5, 6-2 defeat.

“I want to be playing at this level because I learn a lot from a match like tonight,” Andy Murray told the ATP.

“The issues and the mistakes that you make get amplified more at this level.

“It is getting that balance right between getting enough matches and then also playing at a level where I am able to learn and pick things up as quickly as possible.

“I do feel tonight there were some good, positive signs there. Just when it mattered, I wasn’t good enough. I will need to improve.”

One big frustration for Murray was that, ultimately, he didn’t do enough in the crucial moments of the match.

Andy Murray frustrated Rotterdam

“I lost my serve from 30/0,” he said. “I hit two double faults and a bad forehand. To me, that is just not good enough.

“When you are playing one of the best players in the world in those moments, if they come up with something great to win those points you come off [the court] and say it is understandable.

“I felt in that moment at the end of the first set that I blew it a bit. I had 15/40 in the next game to break back and I think I messed up a little bit there as well.

“In the second [set], he was much better than me. No question about that.

“I think at the end of the first set, I messed up. I am not used to making those errors in those moments and I am finding that quite frustrating and I am finding myself mentally looking back on those moments a little bit too much, which maybe affected me a bit in the second set.

“There were some good things in there and I am disappointed because I messed the end of the first set up. I probably should have won the first set.”

“I thought I moved well for the first hour or so.

“He is one of the bigger hitters on the Tour and, in the first set, I didn’t feel like he was getting too many free points from the back of the court.

“He was having to work hard to get the ball through me. I thought that was positive.”

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