Federer beats Tursunov, Murray battles past Vesely in Indian Wells

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For the second time in a row Andy Murray recorded a come from behind victory as he turned around the third-round match against Jiri Vesely in a spectacular fashion. The fifth seed British athlete got off to a bright start by racing to a 3-0 advantage, but failed to consolidate the second break and eventually missed the opportunity to serve out the opener at 5-4. The unseeded Czech capitalized on the momentum shift and cruised through the tie-break to seal the first set. The reigning Wimbledon champion continued to struggle in the second set where his rival missed a change to pull 5-3 ahead before dropping two consecutive serves and allowing Murray to square things up. Another up-and-down set followed with the underdog again holding a one break lead at 4-3, yet the 26-year-old Glasgow native held his nerves and edged out the opponent once more for a narrow 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 win. He dropped six of his service games over the course of two hours and forty-eight minutes on the court of Stadium 2 in Indian Wells. Murray is to meet Milos Raonic in the round of 16 – the eleventh-seeded Canadian overcame Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-4, 6-3.

“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”

Roger Federer’s encounter with Dmitry Tursunov was no walk in the park either as the four-time Indian Wells title holder faced a stern against the 27th-seeded Russian, yet the Swiss Maestro grabbed a straight sets victory nonetheless. He was on the right track in the opener where he broke in the first game to eventually serve for the set, but experienced Tursunov had other plans as he managed to force a tie-break. However, it was Roger who was producing set points in the breaker which eventually went his way. The athletes converted a break point each in the set number two which ended in another tie-break with Federer stepping up again to cross the finish line first after capitalizing on the match point number one. He extended his unbeaten run to eight matches to advance to the round of 16 after a 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2) triumph and will square off against the winner of the encounter between Tommy Haas and Kei Nishikori.

“Now I feel like I’m in a good place. Zen on the court,” said Federer. “I know what my solid level is. Even if I won 6 and 6 today, I just feel like I was calm and served for the set. Okay, got broken. Still managed to stay calm. Down a break in the second; stayed calm and came back. So those are the moments where you feel there is confidence around somewhere.”   

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