Misery for Murray after another shock defeat

Miami: Andy Murray suffered a shock 6-1, 7-5 loss to American qualifier Alex Bogomolov in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open, continuing his miserable start to the United States hardcourt season.

British world number five Murray, who was ousted by little-known American qualifier Donald Young in the second round at Indian Wells earlier this month, looked badly out of sorts at Key Biscayne.

The Scotsman, who had a bye in the first round, won just 33 percent of second serve points against his 27-year-old opponent.

Moscow-born Bogomolov is ranked 118th in the world but had little trouble against Murray`s serve which, at times, was as slow as 153 kph (95 mph).

The fifth-seeded Briton looked short of energy, confidence and touch against an opponent he would normally expect to brush aside with ease.

"There was no consistency on any part of my game, really," a despondent Murray told reporters.

"It was just everything really. I didn`t play particularly well. He hardly missed at all in the first set, made it very difficult for me. Then I was trying to find a way in the second set, and I just couldn`t get anything going at all.”

"I was trying to get myself back into the match, trying to find ways, trying to run balls down, but I just didn`t have that spark."

Bureau Report