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Murray, Del Potro Reach R16; Haas Saves 1 M.P.

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Haas© Getty ImagesTommy Haas saved a match point to edge Nicolas Almagro.

Third-ranked Andy Murray sailed through to the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday evening in Indian Wells, dismissing Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-2. Murray saved all five break points he faced in the 88-minute victory, avenging his defeat to Lu at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"He started off well," said Murray. "I didn't serve particularly well to get myself into those situations, and then I served well to get myself out of some tough situations... He can kind of leave you flat footed sometimes, and he certainly did that a lot in the first set."

Murray is bidding to lift his first trophy at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. He reached the final in 2009, falling to Rafael Nadal. For a place in the quarter-finals, Murray will play Carlos Berlocq. Berlocq knocked off his second straight seeded opponent, cruising past No. 16 seed Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-2. The Argentine did not face a break point, winning 29 of his 32 first serve points.

Berlocq's compatriot Juan Martin del Potro defeated Bjorn Phau 6-2, 7-5. Phau had an opportunity to close out the second set on his serve at 5-4 before del Potro won the final three games of the match to advance in one hour and 33 minutes.

Del Potro improved to a 13-3 season record, highlighted by his triumph at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Rotterdam (d. Benneteau). The Argentine’s best result in Indian Wells came in 2011, when he reached the semi-finals (l. to Nadal). Del Potro will clash with 34-year-old Tommy Haas next.

Haas saved a match point to edge 11th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(2) in two hours and 35 minutes. Almagro served for the match at 5-4, 40/30, but great reflexes from Haas on match point kept him alive, and he went on to break back and win the ensuing tie-break. The German is coming off a semifinal showing in Delray Beach (l. to Gulbis) and also finished runner-up to Milos Raonic in San Jose last month.

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