Andy Murray in doubles action
Originally published on 11/03/17 00:00
Andy Murray has not won a doubles title since claiming the Tokyo crown with his older brother Jamie six years ago, but the world No 1 has proved in the Davis Cup that he can be just as effective a competitor whether there are four or two men on the court.
Like a number of other leading men Murray is playing doubles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Scot excelled in his first-round match alongside his fellow Briton, Dan Evans. Murray and Evans beat Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, the reigning French Open champions, 6-3 1-6 10-6.
Murray had lost both of his previous doubles matches this year, in Doha and Dubai, and indeed had played only four doubles matches since last year’s Monte Carlo tournament, but quickly found his rhythm. He meets Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in his opening singles match on Saturday evening.
It was a second victory in the day for Evans, who is making his debut at Masters 1000 level. The 26-year-old from Birmingham beat Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-1 6-1 in the singles to earn a second-round meeting with Kei Nishikori.
Kyle Edmund will face Novak Djokovic in the second round after beating Gastao Elias 6-1 6-3. Djokovic is playing doubles with Viktor Troicki and the Serbs got off to a wining start, beating Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas 2-6 6-3 10-7. Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov were beaten 6-4 3-6 10-3 by Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi.
Johanna Konta beat her fellow Briton, Heather Watson, 6-4 6-4, while Garbine Muguruza, the French Open champion, beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-3. Elina Svitolina, Dominika Cibulkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova were among others who progressed to the third round.