Andy Murray hopeful despite loss to Nishikori

Andy MurrayAndy Murray said that he was let down by his serve when he was defeated by Kei Nishikori in the ATP World Tour Finals, but the player and many sportsbooks offering total betting solutions are confident that he can still advance in this competition.

The Scot suffered a 6-4 6-4 defeat to the Japanese player in the tournament’s opening match that took place on Sunday afternoon in London’s O2 Arena.

“I didn’t serve well enough today, that was the biggest difference,” said Murray.

“When you’re not serving well, it’s difficult to dictate the points. He dictated a lot of points behind my second serve. That’s where he had the upper hand and that was the difference.

“We both struggled at the start of the match – the conditions when you play with no-one in there and then when it’s full, it’s warmer and the ball is a bit more lively. He started to feel more comfortable at the end of the first set.

“He’s playing with more confidence and because of that he’s able to take more chances and be more aggressive than he was previously, but he’s always been a tough guy to play against because he can take the ball early.

“When you’re not serving well, it’s difficult to dictate the points. He dictated a lot of points behind my second serve.”

“Even when you get the ball in difficult spots on the court, he’s a good shotmaker. He’s a bit more consistent now too.”

Murray’s defeat in Group B basically means that the Scot, who was never beaten in a set in three games with Nishikori, will now probably have to take out Swiss legend Roger Federer and Canadian Milos Raonic so he can have the opportunity of reaching the tournament’s last four, and many sportsbooks providing total betting solutions believe that he still has a pretty good chance of making it far, but must seriously intensify his game in order to do so.

The player said: “I still have a chance, unlike other events. If this was anywhere else I would be out of the tournament. I need to work on some things tomorrow and try to improve for Tuesday.

“I felt okay on the court. It wasn’t the reason I lost the match. I need to win my two matches and win them well if I want to go through. I’m going to have to play better if I want to get through.”