No need to panic after surprise exit for Murray
This time last year Andy Murray threw in a dismal display and lost to Donald Young in his opening match here in Indian Wells. He was even worse in his next outing, over in Miami, where Alex Bogomolov Jr couldn't believe his luck.
After reaching the final of the Australian Open, successive losses to players with three-figure rankings hit Murray's confidence and shocked his supporters.
Of course he recovered, reaching three further Grand Slam semi-finals and winning big titles such as Queens and Shanghai, but those March defeats hammered the message of the moment home; hire a coach Andy, get some help.
He was ready to do it during an extended stay in Florida, when certain people were definitely on his radar, but the big call came in December with the hiring of Ivan Lendl. And it is Lendl's wise counsel which will help Murray through his latest Indian Wells disappointment.
While Saturday's defeat to the Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez was a major shock - nobody here in the desert saw it coming - the same inquest as 12 months ago is not required. You only have to look at Murray and talk to him to realise he's in a much better place; totally different to the confused shadow of self-doubt we were seeing this time last year.
Murray suffered a surprise 6-4 6-2 defeat to world number 92 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in his opening match at Indian Wells. Photo: Getty
There is no need to panic on the basis of one defeat to a player who until relatively recently was ranked as high as 23. Garcia-Lopez played a brilliant match, hardly missing, and his single-handed backhand was devastating. Murray played poorly. Garcia-Lopez played well. Match over, inquest over.
Now we look for the important signs. Did Murray look confused and lacking purpose? Not really, he just couldn't keep many backhands in court. Did he lose it mentally or throw endless strops? No, he kept it together despite the trash he was often serving up.
A phone conversation with Lendl on Sunday morning ended with Murray clear about what went wrong and what needs to happen next. He wouldn't expand further but that clarity, in times of disappointment, is a vital step forward from last year.
Having said all that, it was a bad loss and a major missed opportunity to pick up valuable ranking points to help close the gap on the top three.
At least he was able to get straight back into the saddle with a doubles victory alongside brother Jamie. (What an entertaining match it was, against Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, with a capacity America crowd cheering four British players.)
He could also do with avoiding the virus which, we're told, is sweeping through the Coachella Valley and the desert cities, including Indian Wells.
Several players have pulled out of the tournament including Gael Monfils, Jurgen Melzer and former Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva, who was too ill to play on Sunday night.
Roger Federer has a high temperature but says there's something going round his family. "There's tons of stuff going on at the moment," he says, revealing his wife and daughters are more poorly than he is.
The bug hasn't hit the press room yet but if the @5livetennis twitter feed falls silent, you'll know why. Apparently line judges and ball kids are down with it too. Nasty.
Fresh as daisies appear to be Rafa Nadal, who looked in thumpingly good form after his six weeks of inactivity, and Victora Azarenka whose unbeaten run this season appears in no danger of ending any time soon.