Following a turbulent start to his campaign in Indian Wells, Andy Murray will look for a stronger performance in his third round match-up against Jiri Vesely, whom he has never encountered on the professional circuit.
British No. 1 Andy Murray rallied from a shaky start in the opening set to defeat Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the BNP Paribas Open for his 300th tour-level hard-court match victory. Murray hit four aces and took advantage of the 51 unforced errors commit by Rosol to snatch the victory in the third set.
“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.”
Murray, who is a finalist in Indian Wells back in 2009, is looking to become the sixth player in history to win double-digit ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.
Jiri Vesely earned a rollercoaster three set win over 32nd seed Pablo Andujar to set up the third round match-up with the British No. 1. His performances this week mark his best so far this season, as he was coming off a first round exit in Delray Beach.
While Murray was shaky in his first match in Indian Wells, he should manage a quicker and more dominant performance in his first-time match-up against Vesley. He is 71 places ahead of him in the Emirates ATP Rankings and holds a wealth of experience in high level events that will prove invaluable in high pressure situations. Even if he is yet to regain his full form, he should manage a straight sets victory.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets