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Murray, Del Potro Advance; Fish Wins Comeback Debut

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Fish© Getty ImagesMardy Fish played his first singles match since the 2012 US Open.

World No. 3 Andy Murray rallied to win his opener at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, overcoming Evgeny Donskoy 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 in Indian Wells.

After dropping the first set, Murray took hold of the match, breaking Donskoy twice in the second and third sets to fend off the Russian’s challenge in two hours and 17 minutes.

"Once I got into more of a rhythm, I was able to dictate more of the points," said Murray. "But he played some good stuff. He doesn't force anything. I think he's pretty smart on the court, too."

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With the win, Murray avoided losing his opening-round match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the third straight year. He will meet Yen-Hsun Lu next. Lu edged No. 26 seed Martin Klizan 7-6(5), 7-6(5).

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Seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro levelled his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Nikolay Davydenko to a 3-3 mark after beating the 31-year-old Russian 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 18 minutes. The Argentine is seeking his second trophy of the year, having triumphed at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor hard-court event in Rotterdam (d. Benneteau).

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In the third round, del Potro will face Bjorn Phau, who knocked out No. 25 seed Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Twelfth seed Marin Cilic eased past Albert Ramos 7-6(7), 6-2, winning 79 per cent of his service points. The Croat will clash with 17th-seeded Milos Raonic for a place in the round of 16.

Former top-ranked American Mardy Fish made a winning start in his return to the ATP World Tour, defeating countryman Bobby Reynolds 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in their second-round encounter.

Away from the courts since the US Open with a heart condition, Fish found himself down a break in the third set against Reynolds, but rallied to win the final four games of the match. The 32nd-seeded Fish clinched the victory in one hour and 57 minutes and was embraced by Reynolds at the net.

"It's been a tough few months, for sure. You sort of feel like it was a win just to get back out there," Fish said. "There are a lot of people that have sort of dealt with what I've dealt with and not come back. It's nice to just play, first and foremost, and then you get out there and you want to win."

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Fish added to his first-round doubles win with James Blake and is through to the third round for the fifth time. He reached the final in 2008, defeating Roger Federer in the semi-finals before finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic.

Australian Marinko Matosevic upset Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-0 in 85 minutes. Matosevic capitalised on six of his nine break points to hand Monaco his fourth opening-round loss this season.

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