Murray denies fatherhood distraction after edging past Herbert


After struggling to see off Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday, Andy Murray rubbished claims that his new-found fatherhood is affecting his game.

Murray's wife Kim gave birth to their first child shortly after the Australian Open earlier this year, and Murray has toiled to find his best form since then, exiting in the third round at both Indian Wells and the Miami Open.

The world number two looked in good form in the opening set against Herbert, but allowed his opponent to level before eventually coming through 6-2 4-6 6-3 to book a third-round tie with Benoit Paire or Joao Sousa.

In a media conference after the match, Murray dismissed any suggestion that he has struggled for concentration since becoming a father.

"For me I don't think that has anything to do with it," he said. "If that was the case then in the Davis Cup I would have played rubbish. That was immediately after the birth. I played well there.

"That's really the best match I've played in the last couple of months. I don't think that has anything to do with it.

"It's down to me really when I'm on the court to find a way to stop that. Give myself clear goals of what I want to achieve when I'm out there. It's happened to me in the past, I've had some tough losses after I won Wimbledon, before the US Open.

"It's not the first time that's happened but normally I've found a way to turn it around and I have absolutely no doubt that I'll do the same again this time."