Indian Wells 2013 – Murray Wins First Match in 3 Years

Murray Beats Donskoy

It was never going to be a straight-forward match. Andy Murray had lost in his opening match at Indian Wells on his last two visits here and had not played a competive match since losing the final of the Australian Open two months ago.

However he did finaly record his first win at Indian Wells in three years after flirting with disaster in the desert once again. He eventually claimed a three set win 5-7 6-2 6-2 against world number 83 Evgeny Donskoy.

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is the first masters event of the year and despite Murray making the final in 2009, it never seems to be an event that Murray looks 100% confident at. It may well be largely down to the fact that it is the first major event after the Australian Open, which Murray seems to have year after year heartbreak at, whether it be crushig final defeats or losing closely faught 5 set thrillers.

Today was  Murray’s first match since the Australian Open final on 27th January and he has spent much of his time since Australia training in Miami.

Slow courts and high altitude is what you expect at Indian Wells and it seemed to take Murray time to get used to his enviroment. The top seed get a bye in the first round, so Donskoy had the advantage of one match under his belt and not surprisingly started the sharper.

A Murray drop shot gave Donskoy a break in game four and the double-break was given away to love in game six. At 5-1 down the set seemed to be over for Murray but a double-break back and a two holds of serve, got the Scot back on level terms. The match certainly seemed to be swinging in Murray’s favour and no one was surprised when he made to break point in Donskoy next service game.

Donskoy though still had plenty of fight left and saved the break point and a further 5 in that game. He eventually held serve after an 11-minute game and went on to break Murray in the next game to claim the set.

Murray needed to turn this match arround again. Solid serving gave him a foothold in the second ser and when Donskoy faltered, blasting a forehand volley wide, the first break of second set was Murray’s and he took a 3-2 lead – from then on Murray ran away with set and match, winning 11 of the last 13 games. After his win he spoke to the media,

I’ve struggled here the past couple of years, I haven’t won a match. I was a little bit nervous in the beginning and he started very, very well, he came up with some unbelievable shots. I just tried to hang in there and was hitting the ball much better by the second set. Once I got into more of a rhythm I was able to dictate more of the points.