Following an earlier meeting that took place last month in Rotterdam, Andy Murray and Vasek Pospisil will cross paths once again on the ATP World Tour, this time under the hot desert sun in Indian Wells. This marks the third overall meeting between the two competitors, with Murray leading the head-to-head series 2-0.
Following the recent announcement that doubles specialist and former world No. 4 Jonas Bjorkman will join Andy Murray’s squad as a part-time coach, Murray has arrived at Indian Wells, where he will be joined by Mauresmo for the first time since the Aussie Open. The British No. 1 is coming off losses in the quarter-final rounds in Rotterdam and Dubai before winning two rubbers for Great Britain’s 3-1 victory over the United States. He would also prove to be an impressive cheerleader for the remainder of his team as they performed in Glasgow.
Murray will come up against Canadian No. 2 Vasek Pospisil in the second round of the Masters 1000 event, after the 24-year-old advanced to that stage of the tournament with a win against Mikhail Kukushkin. While the Russian native retired from the match in the second set, Pospisil was leading the match 6-4, 4-2 prior to that. It was also a startingly dominant showing from the youngster, as he struck 9 aces, won 94% of his first service points and saved both the break points he faced to close out the match in 63 minutes.
This is just the third time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Murray leading the head to head series 2-0 – one of those was a victory last season in Vienna, and a second one earlier this season in Rotterdam. While Pospisil is a tough second round match for the Scot, Murray appears motivated to perform and will likely edge out a close straight sets victory.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets