• Murray opens bid against Donskoy

    3/10/13 3:45 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Murray opens bid against Donskoy World No. 3 Andy Murray will begin his run at the BNP Paribas Open with a second-round match against Russia's Evgeny Donskoy. The Scot is seeking his first victory since finishing runner-up to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Australia.

    World No. 3 Andy Murray is back on court following a runner-up finish at the Australian Open. The reigning US Open champion made his way to the final, falling short to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets. Murray is 10-1 for the season, aided by a title-winning effort in Brisbane (def. Dimitrov).

    "I haven't played well here the past few years, so I'll need to try and up my game," said the Scot.

    "(I) just (want to) play better. There's no ... there's no other way to explain why. I just haven't played well in the matches that I lost here and I'll just try and play better, compete as hard as I can and if I'm not feeling great in my first match, just try and hustle, chase as many balls down as possible and try and find a rhythm. I'll have to wait and see, but I used to play well here when I was younger. I like the conditions, and the last few years it's just been a struggle."

    Murray is seeking his first win at the Masters 1000 Indian Wells since 2010.

    World No. 83 Evgeny Donskoy won his opening-round match against Japan's Tatsuma Ito in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. The 22-year-old Russian will attempt to secure his 6th Tour-level match Sunday afternoon.

    Prediction: Murray in straight sets.

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Andy being made to work rather harder than he expected. Have never seen this guy Donsky play before but he is going for broke and so far has Andy on the back foot.
It remains to be seen if he can sustain this level. I'm hoping he cant!

ed251137 , 3/10/13 10:43 PM

Just peeping out from behind sofa ed. D was playing inspired but Andy seems to have steadied his nerves.

deuce , 3/10/13 10:54 PM

Take a few deep breaths........he's righted the ship now but he's not home and dry yet.

ed251137 , 3/10/13 11:06 PM

I happened to be seating next to Donskoy while watching Isner and Querry practice during the Serbia Open in 2010. I later watched him play Filip Krajinovic, a match that was really tight and great as the two young hopefuls clashed. Donskoy lost it even if he should have won. Krajinovic disappointed me in that match because he basically forced the umpire to give him a point after the ball by D that was clearly in, was called out. After that, D's game fell apart :(.

If Donskoy can keep playing like this, there is no doubt he'll climb the ranks fast.

danica , 3/10/13 11:17 PM

Obviously rust at start but Andy started to play much better from second set on, finally finding his rhythm. Phew :) First sets he's won at IW for yoinks.
Nice memory danica :)

deuce , 3/10/13 11:48 PM

It looks like Murray is the one who hasn't played on HC for 11 months.

chr18 , 3/11/13 12:36 AM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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