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  • Murray looking to maintain momentum in Indian Wells

    3/8/12 6:32 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Murray looking to maintain momentum in Indian Wells Last year's Indian Wells event simply prolonged Andy Murray's agony that had begun in the Australian Open final. The circumstances in 2012, however, do not point toward more disappointment in the desert for Murray.


    Andy Murray needed a lot more than two months to recover from last year's blowout loss to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open. A reeling Murray limped into Indian Wells and promptly dropped his opener against Donald Young in shocking fashion.

    The fourth-ranked Scot did not get over the hump in Melbourne this season nor did he triumph in Dubai, but the circumstances surrounding his arrival at the BNP Paribas Masters is far different. Murray extended Djokovic to 7-5 in the fifth in the Aussie semis and he toppled Djokovic last week in Dubai before finishing runner-up to Roger Federer.

    As Murray looks to continue his run, the draw has aligned well for him. The No. 4 seed is in the same quarter of the bracket as Mardy Fish, without question the weakest of the 5-8 seeds. Other top seeds in the section include John Isner, Gilles Simon, and Stanislas Wawrinka.

    Murray should cruise through his second-round match, which will come against either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Rui Machado. His nearest seed and potential third-round opponent is a slumping Viktor Troicki. Possible fourth-round adversaries are Simon and Wawrinka, neither of whom is playing particularly daunting tennis right now. Simon is in especially bad form after a dismal Golden Swing.

    With Fish also struggling, Isner has to be the favorite to reach the quarterfinals and face Murray. The 6'9'' American has qualifiers all around him and his nearest seed is Juan Monaco. A potential Fish-Isner round-four collision could be derailed by Julien Benneteau, who is on course to meet Fish early in the tournament.

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
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