On Day 4, one of the more interesting matches on the men’s side is the clash between Andy Murray and Alexander Bublik. Murray does still show flashes of his former self but as tournaments draw on, he does find it progressively more difficult. Between this match and likely Grigor Dimitrov next, he does have a legitimate chance of a quarter final at Indian Wells for the first time since 2015.
Having received a first round bye due to his seeding, this will be Bublik’s first match of the tournament. He should be fairly confident after a fruitful start to the season. With the backing of his booming serve, he picked up the title in Montpellier in early February as well as helping his country to advance in Davis Cup with an impressive win against Casper Ruud.
Murray’s results do continue to be inconsistent but he will happy with fighting back against Taro Daniel, with the pair developing something of a rivalry having now played three times this year. Murray’s 1-6 6-2 6-4 victory means he is now 2-1 on the year and 3-1 overall against the Japanese. “I managed to start to improve as each set went on and finished off well in the end.” Murray said.
The Murray of old loved this kind of matchup against the big serving players, toying with them and eventually striking at the right moments. With that somewhat nullified on the Indian Wells surface, he could pull off a win against Bublik for the second time this year. He won in straight sets in Rotterdam and will hope to repeat that again.
Prediction – Andy Murray in straight sets