Andy Murray: 'I've no excuses for poor form'

Andy Murray in action against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final on June 5, 2016
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World number one Andy Murray says that there is no reason for his recent below-par performances as he continues to struggle for form in 2017.

Andy Murray has refused to make any excuses for his recent poor form, which continued on Tuesday night as he lost to Fabio Fognini at the Italian Open.

The world number one won last year's event in Rome, but he was second best throughout the contest as he went down 6-2 6-4 to the home favourite.

Murray has now won just five of his last 10 matches, and he has acknowledged that he must find a way of turning around his fortunes ahead of an important period of the season.

The 30-year-old is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "I'm just not playing good tennis and need to try to work out how to turn it around. I believe I will."

"The last couple of weeks have definitely been a struggle and a long way from where I'd like to be. There is no reason for it from my end.

"Movement the last two weeks has not been good. My movement has been a big help, the last couple of years, but certainly the last couple of weeks, that's been a problem."

Murray is scheduled to return to action at the French Open, which begins at Roland Garros later this month.

Andy Murray in action against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final on June 5, 2016
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray10,370
2Serbia Novak Djokovic7,445
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,445
4Spain Rafael Nadal5,375
5Switzerland Roger Federer5,035
6Canada Milos Raonic4,360
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,145
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,765
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,560
10Alexander Zverev3,150
11Belgium David Goffin3,055
12Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,900
13France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,870
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,780
15United States Jack Sock2,415
16France Gael Monfils2,365
17Lucas Pouille2,320
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,155
19Australia Nick Kyrgios2,155
20Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,065
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