• Murray begins in Indian Wells against Garcia-Lopez

    3/10/12 3:25 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Murray begins in Indian Wells against Garcia-Lopez Andy Murray will kick off his Indian Wells campaign on Saturday. Up first for the world No. 4 is Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

    Andy Murray and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will be going head-to-head for the third time in their careers when they do battle in round two of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. Murray won both of their previous meetings; 6-4, 6-4 three years ago at Queen's Club and 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 at the 2011 Australian Open.

    Garcia-Lopez will be hard-pressed to turn the tide because Murray is in fine form at the moment. The fourth-ranked Scot captured the Brisbane title, took Novak Djokovic to 7-5 in the fifth in the Aussie semifinals, and he finished runner-up to Roger Federer last week in Dubai. Murray upset Djokovic in the process as his 2012 record improved to 14-2.

    Once in the mix for seeding at Grand Slams, Garcia-Lopez is struggling down at No. 92 in the world. The Spaniard is a decent 4-5 for the season, which includes a quarterfinal showing in Auckland. Garcia-Lopez most recent played Delray Beach, where he dropped his opener in straight sets to Xavier Malisse.

    There is no reason to think that the underdog will give Murray any problems in this one. Garcia-Lopez owns a great one-handed backhand and he could make a set competitive if his favorite shot is working, but Murray in straights is the obvious choice.

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