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Murray set to fast-track new coach

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Andy Murray has hinted that his dismal showing at the Madrid Open could fast forward his search for a new coach.

Murray was hardly on form as he eked past a hobbling Nicolas Almagro in the second round, and his display against world No.46 Santiago Giraldo was equally erratic as the Colombian qualifier celebrated his first win over a top 10 player at the 20th attempt

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It left Murray, who had originally said he would take his time hiring a new coach, admitting he is missing Ivan Lendl - who quit in March - and will need to get someone quicker than originally anticipated.

"My coach is missing," he said following the 6-3 6-2 defeat. "That's quite a big part of my team. I'll take the next couple of days to think about the coaching situation. I want to try to get someone in soon."

Murray, who last week told the BBC he was weighing up John McEnroe as his next coach, revealed he is feeling a bit lost without an influential presence by his side.

"It's tough," he added. "Some days I'm playing well and then the next day I'm not playing well, so I need to become more consistent.

"My best tennis, or my sort of base level, has to stay the same for a lot longer.

"It's not necessarily about practising loads of stuff on the court. I need to be mentally stronger and more switched on for longer."

Murray's early exit in Madrid could see him employ a new coach prior to the French Open, which starts on May 25.

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