Andy has been knocked out the Mexican Open after tough three set loss to Bulgarian fourth seed, Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7.
Any concerns of Andy starting slowly, were quickly vanquished as he wasted little time in securing the break in the opening game. Despite some pressure on his serve in the second game, Andy saved a break point well, to secure an early 2-0 lead. Andy then secured the double break with the score at 3-1 to secure a comfortable cushion in the first set and lead 4-1. Despite relinquishing a break of his own in the next game, Andy served extremely well to serve out the match and secure the first set 6-4.
The second set was a decidedly closer affair with both players continuing to serve well, Andy particularly, who at times had a first serve points won percentage as high as 92%. Largely due to the strong serving and despite some mesmerizing rallies and shot making, neither player could find the break through and the match continued till the players were locked 6-6, forcing the second set to a tie break.
Dimitrov approached the net frequently in the tie break to place Andy under pressure and at the change over Andy found himself 1-5 down to the Bulgarian. And despite retrieving one of the mini breaks, Andy was unable to find a second, and after successfully defending 2 set points, he was unable to save a third and he surrendered the set 6-7 (5).
There was a nervy start to the third set and Andy found himself on the back foot almost immediately and after serving so well in the second set, he dropped a service game and found himself 0-2 down. After a quick change of shoes Andy seemed to put any nerves on his own service game behind him and the chase to recover the lost game was on. With score at 4-5, Dimitrov was serving for the set, and it was here that Andy decided to pounce. With the score locked at deuce, and with a break point already gone begging, Andy found himself with another breakpoint, which this time he took. Breaking his opponent for the first time in 13 games.
The next game was also set to be an epic, after three opportunities for Andy to hold were lost, Andy found himself having to serve well to save two break points. After saving two break points, Andy increased the pressure on his opponent and after a strong driving back hand, Dimitrov got caught up in his own feet, and tried to recover with a through legs shot, which found the net, a strong serve was then all Andy needed to hold and lead 6-5. Dimitrov then held well, to send the match into yet another tiebreak.
Andy again, found himself on the back foot early in the breaker, and was unable to find the break back opportunity, after he then relinquished another mini break, Andy’s opponent needed just one of the three match points to win the match.
Andy will now travel to New York to participate in World Tennis Day at Madison Square Garden before moving on to the Indian Wells ATP masters series event.