BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2014
Murray Survives Early Test For 300th Hard Court Victory
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Murray, who dropped his opening match in Indian Wells in two of the past three years, benefitted from 51 unforced errors by his Czech opponent for the win in just under two hours.
“I felt [that] I was in a decent rhythm in the middle of the second set,” said Murray. “Here, I have always kind of struggled at the beginning of the tournament. I got broken three times in a row the end of the first set, beginning of the second. I just kind of kept going and found a way to win, which is always the most important thing.”
The Scot, a finalist in the California desert in 2009, is looking to become the sixth player in history to win double-digit ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. He faces 20 year old Czech sensation Jiri Vesely for a berth in the Round of 16. Vesely defeated Pablo Andujar 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.
In other action in Murray’s quarter of the draw, Alejandro Falla stormed back from down 2-5 in the third set to defeat No. 18 seed Jerzy Janowicz 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5). The Colombian saved a match point late in the set, advancing to the third round in Indian Wells for the first time.
Tenth seed Milos Raonic hit 33 aces – the fourth highest aces tally of his career – and did not face a break point in a 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(2) victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin in two hours and 25 minutes. Raonic, who is competing at his first tournament since the Australian Open in January, will next play Falla.
"I just knew that I got to keep taking care of my serve," said Raonic. "I was getting really nowhere. On the return games I get ahead a little bit, and then I'd make errors, I'd be sporadic. So I knew to get my serve together, push it as far as I can, and give myself a chance."
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