Andy Murray had such a promising start to the season with a run to the finals in Dubai, after losing in an epic semi final match to the world number one Novak Djokovic, that it did not seem at all likely that Murray would stumble out of the draw in his first match at Indian Wells for a second year in a row.
Murray looked to have overcome his demons after another heartbreaking loss at the first grand slam of the year when he beat Djokovic in Dubai. But today he was upset by Spaniard Guilermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 6-2.
The Spaniard is currently ranked 92nd but managed to break the Scott twice in the second set to seal the match in one hour and 40 minutes. Garcia-Lopez stuck the ball sweetly moving Murray around the court soaking up Murray’s errors on both wings. He will now play Ryan Harrison in the next round. Murray on the other hand will travel to Miami hoping to bring his game together for the next event.
Djokovic eased through to the third round with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Andreev Golubev and will now play Kevin Anderson who has just won his second career title at Delray Beach. Tomas Berdych also advanced but had it tougher, having to close the match in three sets against Sergiy Stakhovsky. Rafael Nadal returns to the game after having a month out to play Leonardo Mayer.
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On the women’s side of the draw Caroline Wozniacki demolished Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-0 although still insisted on her father coming onto court after winning the first set. She has done enough at this event to secure her top five ranking for another week. Maria Sharapova made light work of Gisela Dulko with the same score line and will now take on Simona Halep. The new world number one Victoria Azarenka had a tougher route through against promising player Mona Barthel winning 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(6).