Following a rollercoaster match-up in his third round encounter on Monday afternoon, Andy Murray is through tot the following stage of the Indian Wells tournament, where he will now encounter France’s Adrian Mannarino to determine who will advance to the final eight of the tournament.
The 2009 runner-up at Indian Wells needed three sets to defeat German No. 1 Philipp Kohlschreiber and reach the fourth round of the Masters 1000 event. After storming through the first set, Murray went down a break in the second set and was forced into a deciding set to conclude the match. He won 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in just under two hours of court time.
“I think he definitely started to return better,” said Murray of his second-set lapse. “The game where I got broken, I played a few poor shots in that game, as well. It can happen in these conditions where it’s so lively that you can miss-time a few balls. Apart from that, I thought I played a good match against a tough opponent who I think plays well in these conditions, and it was a good win for me.”
World No. 38 Adrian Mannarino upset 14 seed Ernests Gulbis to set up his fourth round meeting with Murray. It was a straightforward affair apart from a late comeback from the Latvian, and ended 6-4, 6-4. The Frenchman won 79% of his first service points and converted three break points to close out the match in one hour and 29 minutes.
This marks the first time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour. While Murray had a slight hiccup in the third round, he should have less trouble against the inconsistent Mannarino. Given that Murray’s semi-collapse in the second set was entirely his own doing, he will be fighting more of an internal battle to do well and not drop another unnecessary set.
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