IT’S normally the hot air coming out of Andy Murray’s gurning gob which causes him the most trouble, but it was the hot air blowing in the Californian desert which de-railed Murray’s hopes of glory in Indian Wells – although Rafael Nadal might have had a little something to do with it all.
In gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, the bolshy Brit was on the verge of a girly tantrum for every minute of his 6-1, 6-2 demolition by the world No1 in the final of the BNP Paribas Open. Luckily there were only 80 minutes before he left the court with tail firmly between his legs.
The tartan twat admitted: “Rafa definitely deserved the win. He played great, it was difficult conditions and he dealt with it very well. But I’ve had a great start to the year. Hopefully, I’ll keep it going and push higher up the rankings.”
The 21-year-old probably does have every reason to be happy with himself after only his second defeat of the year which denied him what would have been his third title of the season. He also earned his fourth straight win over Roger Federer in the semi.
Murray may now overtake Novak Djokovic as world no3 in Miami this week. Sadly, it’s only going to be downhill from there.
• BIONIC biker Lance Armstrong will still take his place in the field for the Tour de France, despite suffering the minor inconvenience of a broken right collarbone sustained in a crash during a low-profile race in Spain.
The seven-time Tour winner suffered a fall with 20km left of a 170km stage one of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon.
“In 17 years as a pro, I have been lucky to avoid one of the most common cycling injuries. The crash has put my upcoming calendar in jeopardy,” Armstrong said before doing 2400 push ups instead of his usual 10,000 and describing his accident as “the ground deciding to hit Lance” rather than the other way around.
Despite having to ride none-handed our money is still on the genetic freak to finish in the yellow jersey. Regardless of where he finishes, so much puss is going to be coming out of his collarbone that he’ll be able to achieve his target no matter what.
• UKRAINIAN cranium cruncher Vitali Klitschko sent out a warning to lairy Londoner David Haye by stopping former world cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez in the ninth round of their title fight.
The WBC heavyweight king backed out of a planned fight against the Hayemaker in January to face mandatory challenger Gomez.
And the man known as Dr Iron Fist produced a commanding display to halt the Cuban in Stuttgart. Haye, who gave up his world cruiserweight titles to step up to heavyweight last year, could yet face Klitschko if he defeats his glass-chinned younger brother Wladimir, the WBO and IBF champ, in Germany on June 20.
• SOUTH African Retief Goosen achieved the seventh US Tour victory of his career and ended four years without a win in Tampa Bay.
The 40-year-old won the title by one stroke from Charles Howell and Brett Quigley.
The Goose (right) is 20 pounds lighter than he was last year, having received a reminder from Gary Player about the importance of fitness.
So you become better at sport by losing weight do you? That’s interesting. We might have to try it if they ever ban beer, curry and pies.
• ARGENTINIAN Estanislao Goya survived a late scare and amazing birdie burst by Scot Callum Macaulay to win a European Tour title at just the sixth attempt at the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal .
Just rocking up and beating everyone without paying dues or earning it. That’s how we’d like our sporting career to be remembered.