‘I fought for every single point’ – Andy Murray powers into second round at Indian Wells
Andy Murray is back to winning ways at Indian Wells after dispatching Adrian Mannarino to set up a mouthwatering clash against Carlos Alcaraz.
The three-time Grand Slam Champion, making his first appearance at the Masters 1000 event in four years, ousted the left-handed Frenchman 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 24 minutes.
The 34-year-old did not face a single break point until the very last point of the contest and completed his comprehensive win when his opponent missed a drop shot.
“It’s been four years since I was last here. I think it’s one of the best places to play tennis on Tour,” Murray said in his on-court interview.
“It’s been a tough road to get back and it was so nice that so many people managed to come out and support today. I really enjoyed it.
“I thought my mentality was good tonight. I sort of focused just on every single point. I don’t know if it felt it inside the stadium, but it was pretty breezy on the court, especially in the first set.
“Maybe some of the points were not that consistent, but I fought for every single point. That was the goal coming into the match and it got me the win.”
The Brit now moves on to a career-first meeting with Alcaraz, who he tipped to become a future world number one in August.
“I think [Carlos] Alcaraz is really, really good,” Murray said. “I think he’s got a good chance at it.”
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