Andy Murray will start his preparations for the French Open off the back of a disappointing third-round exit against Grigor Dimitrov at the Miami Open.
The 28-year-old Scot and world number two had used his early exit from Indian Wells to return to Miami, where he has a home and trains during the off-season, in order to get himself acclimatised to the conditions and the courts.
However an uncharacteristic 55 unforced errors during Murray’s game led to his downfall as he failed to build on a first set tie-break win by slipping 4-0 down in the second set.
Dimitrov went on to level the match and Murray again folded in the deciding set as he let slip a 3-1 lead, losing five games in succession to bow out as the Bulgarian claimed a 6-7 6-4 6-3 win.
“Grigor played some good stuff, too, but to lose your serve three times in a row from that position is obviously disappointing,” said Murray.
“It’s disappointing, that’s for sure. I had time to prepare on the court and get used to the conditions, but I wasn’t able to get on a good run.”
He added: “I was up a break in the third, same at Indian Wells, then lost a run of games in both matches. I need to look at that and see where I go from there.”
Murray must now switch his focus to the European clay-court season which will culminate in the French Open, which he is 12.00 to win outright, as he looks to secure his third career Grand Slam crown.