TennisSunday, March 9, 2014
Murray earns 300th hard court victory
INDIAN WELLS — Andy Murray overcame a shaky opening set to defeat Lukas Rosol 4-6 6-3 6-2 at the BNP Paribas Open for his 300th tour-level hard-court match victory.
Murray, who dropped his opening match in Indian Wells in two of the past three years, benefited from 51 unforced errors by his Czech opponent for the win in just under two hours. The Scot, a finalist in the California desert in 2009, is looking to become the sixth player in history to win double-digit ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. He faces the winner of 32nd-seed Pablo Andújar and young Czech sensation Jiri Vesely for a berth in the Round of 16.
In other action in Murray’s quarter of the draw, Alejandro Falla stormed back from down 2-5 in the third set to defeat No. 18 seed Jerzy Janowicz 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-5). The Colombian saved a match point late in the set, advancing to the third round in Indian Wells for the first time.
Meanwhile, Juan Martín del Potro, pairing with Marin Cilic of Croatia, lost the doubles first-round match against Canadian Daniel Nestor and Serb Nenad Zimonjic 4-6 6-3 10-8. It was Del Potro’s first match after withdrawing from Dubai Open due to his wrist injury. The Argentine will play his first singles match today against Spaniard Feliciano López.
Late yesterday, fellow-Argentine Juan Mónaco lost to Russian Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.
Elsewhere, Victoria Azarenka tumbled out of the tournament late on Friday, beaten 6-0 7-6 (7-2) by Lauren Davis of the US in her first match in more than a month.
Azarenka, from Belarus, had been sidelined since the Australian Open because of a left foot injury that required her to wear a boot for several weeks.
The two-time Australian Open champion, hampered by nerve damage between her toes, limped visibly at times, had trouble serving, fell to her knees several times, broke a racket after double-faulting to fall behind 4-3 in the second set, and fought back tears. “Basically, all I had was my fighting spirit,” third-seeded Azarenka said. “When I’m on the court I try to give as much as I can, even on one leg. I try to do my best in tough situations. That’s part of our job.”