British No. 1 Andy Murray faced a stern test in his third round match but is safely through to the final 16 at the BNP Paribas Open, where he will now meet Milos Raonic. The Murray vs Raonic head-to-head series stands at 1-2 and the Canadian will look to maintain that lead when the two meet.
Murray was put through one of his toughest tests thus far this season on monday afternoon, when he was forced to rally from a set and a break down to defeat Czech Jiri Vesely 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4 at the BNP Paribas Open. It was an ugly win for the Scot, as he dropped serve six times in the match and requiring eight break to defeat the budding talent. The win was also his 20th victory in the California desert.
“The most important thing today was that I won,” said Murray. “I wasn’t happy with the way that I played. It’s kind of days like that where I could have lost the match and you don’t get an opportunity until Miami to play better or to improve some things. It’s good to have the chance to play another match here and hopefully put in a better performance”
Milos Raonic advanced to the fourth round in Indian Wells with a 6-4, 6-3 victory on Monday afternoon against Alejandro Falla. The Canadian struck 11 aces and won 83% of his points on first serve in his straight sets win.
Raonic holds a 2-1 lead in the head-to-head series, with a win on both clay and hard courts. With Murray’s shaky performances recently, it is tough to determine who has the edge in this contest. The Scot has proven to be resilient went taken to deep waters and can do the same thing tomorrow afternoon if he is forced into a tight three set battle. It is up to Raonic to capitalize on his vulnerability.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets