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Miami nice for Murray after rampant Raonic runs him out of town

If Andy Murray is in search of any consolation after he was knocked out in the fourth round of the BNP ­Paribas Open in Indian Wells, it is that his second home of Miami is his next stop.

Milos raonic: cashed in after Murray failed to build on third-set break
Milos raonic: cashed in after Murray failed to build on third-set break

The Californian desert has never been the happiest of hunting grounds for the Scot . He suffered consecutive early exits here in 2011 and 2012, and yesterday he was left pulling no punches at himself as he collapsed to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 defeat by the Canadian world No.11 Milos Raonic.

Having appeared in charge of the match after an excellent first set, Murray ended it in extremely disappointing fashion by letting slip a break in the deciding set as his game fell apart.

"I was just really disappointed with how the last 15 minutes of the match went," said Murray. "That was really, really poor. To get broken two consecutive times in that situation isn't good enough. I played poor tennis at that stage. I didn't make enough balls, missed easy shots."

Big-serving Raonic had served an early reminder to Murray of what he was up against as he began the match by firing down consecutive aces at 140mph and 136mph. But it was Murray who held on under pressure to claim the early break as his ­Canadian opponent gifted the break to love at 4-4.

Murray then completed a run of 10 points in a row to claim the first set as he appeared to be in much better form than his previous matches against Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely.

However, signs of frustration began to show from Murray towards the end of the second set as he grumbled towards his box. He was left hanging his head under a towel moments later after missing a forehand sitter as he served to stay in the set, allowing Raonic the chance to pounce and level the match.

The third set is one Murray will be keen to forget. Having claimed the early break, he failed to consolidate and his game fell apart. Raonic took charge, working Murray around the court and breaking for 4-2 before ­serving out for his third win in four against the Scot.

"Both of us didn't exactly have loads of opportunities on the other's serve until that middle part of the third set, so that's probably down to confidence" said Murray. "There is no other reason for missing shots like that, basic tennis shots that I would hope to make 99 times out of 100."

Murray, ranked No.6, now heads to Florida in need of a vast improvement if he is to defend his Sony Open title and the 1000 ranking points that comes with it. He will reunite on the practice court later this week with coach Ivan Lendl for the first time since the Australian Open.

"Obviously Miami is a place I know well and train a lot there," said Murray. "But [the] next few days I have to think about a few things and hopefully play well, which I have done quite a few times in the past."

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