Indian Wells 2013 – Murray Strolls Past Lu

Murray Beats Lu

Andy Murray followed up his first win at Indian Wells in three years with a straight forward straight sets win against Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu.

The world number three cruised into the fourth round with the loss of just 5 games. He broke twice in each set to record a 6-3 6-2 win and was back in the locker room after just 88 minutes of play.

The current US Open and Olympic champion is looking to improve on a poor record at Indian Wells in recent years, after losing in the first round in 2011 and 2012.

Murray will next face Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq, who is ranked 85 in the world. That will be a 4th round match with winner facing either Tommy Haas or Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter finals. Murray is still on course to face world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals should both players make it that far.

Lu had famously beat Murray in the first round of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. A lot though has changed since then and despite Lu starting the brighter and creating five break point opportunities in the first set, it was Murray who wrestled controll of the first set and ultimately the match. After the match Murray said,

It was a tough match. He’s caused a few upsets over the last couple of years. He takes the ball extremely early, hits the ball very flat and really goes for it. If he’s striking the ball cleanly like he was at the start he can hit a lot of winners.

He started off well. I didn’t serve particularly well to get myself into those situations, and then I served well to get myself out of some tough situations. In the first set he had a lot of chances on my serve. I thought my footwork in the first set wasn’t great. Once I started to loosen up and relax a little bit, my footwork improved. He can kind of leave you flat-footed sometimes, and he certainly did that a lot in the first set. I knew it was going to be a tough encounter, so it was good to win in straight sets.