British No. 1 Andy Murray is through to his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season, where he will meets Spain’s Feliciano Lopez for the tenth time on the professional tour The British No. 1 remains undefeated with a 9-0 record in the head-to-head series.
On Wednesday afternoon, Andy Murray opened up play on Stadium 2 against Adrian Mannarino, whom he defeated in straight sets to advance to the following stage of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event. He defeated the Frenchman 6-3, 6-3 to give himself a 1-0 lead in their head-to-head series.
“I thought I played well,” Murray said afterward. “It was a tricky match. He’s played well this year. He’s had a few good tournaments. He’s a tough guy to play against. Very unorthodox style. He has a very, very good backhand cross court. Hits it very low over the net, very flat. He can rush you, take your time away.”
In one of the bigger upsets of the day, Kei Nishikori failed to reach the quarter-final round at Indian Wells when he fell to Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. The 6-4, 7-6(2) win was Lopez’s first Top 10 win of the season and sets him up for his tenth meeting against Murray.
“Against Lopez, I’ve got a good record against him, but he’s always a tough opponent because of the way that he plays and the way that he serves,” Murray explained. “He’s also still improving. He’s been playing the best tennis of his career these last 18 months or so, and obviously had a great win today against Nishikori. I think these conditions here are good for him. It helps his serve a lot, so it will be a tricky match.”
Murray will look to extend his head-to-head record against Lopez to 9-0 when the two step across from each other on the court on Thursday afternoon. This is their first meeting of the season and in almost a year. While Murray is capable of a straight sets win, do not be surprised if this one goes the distance given Lopez’s recent showing.
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