In the first round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, Andy Murray defeated Taro Daniel in three sets and claimed his 700th main course victory of his career. Experienced David Goffin and Philip Kohlschreiber pulled out.
PAP / EPA / RAY ACEVEDO / Pictured: Andy Murray
Andy Murray and Taro Daniel faced each other for the third time in less than two months. At the Australian Open in January, the Japanese did dramatically better. In February, the Briton won in Doha. On Friday, the Dunblane tennis player again triumphed in the first round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells. Murray got up after losing the first set and won 1:6, 6:2, 6:4.
– Tarot played very well. I was performing better and better from group to group, and I finished well in the end,” said Murray, 34, who made an aces and five breaks, citing atptour.com.
After his victory on Friday, Murray became the fourth active tennis player to reach the 700th tournament winning barrier. Joining Roger Federer (1251), Rafael Nadal (1043) and Novak Djokovic (991). He will fight for another win with the number 31 seed, Alexander Bublik.
Friday, however, wasn’t very successful for the tournament’s veterans. David Goffin, 31, fought bravely, but surrendered 6:4, 5:7, 6:7 (3) to Jordan Thompson. In the second round, he will face the Australian with the number 33. Grigor Dimitrov. In turn, the 38-year-old Philip Kohlschreiber lost to Emile Rossovouri, who was 16 years his junior. And the Finn plays in the finals 1/32 with Diego Schwartzman, championship “14”.
Dominic Kupfer won 2:6, 7:5, 6:4 with Benoit Bayer and in the second round he will face seventh seed Andrei Rublev. In the qualifying match, Jaume Munar beat Juncheng Shang 6:3, 6:4. The Spaniard’s next challenger will be his countryman, “16” Pablo Carreno.
BNP Paribas Open Bank, Indian Wells (USA)
ATP Masters 1000, Hard Court, $8.584 Million Prize Pool
Friday March 11
Individual first round:
Jordan Thompson (Australia) vs. David Goffin (Belgium) 4:6, 7:5, 7:6 (3).
Dominique Kupfer (Germany) beat Benoit-Pierre (France) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
Emil Rossovoori (Finland) beat Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany Q) 6-3, 6-3.
Jaume Munnar (Spain, F) B Juncheng Shang (China, S) 6-3 6-4
Andy Murray (UK, WC) Petaro Daniel (Japan, Q) 1:6, 6:2, 6:4
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Andrej Robloo Benoit Pierre Dominique Kipfer Grigor Dimitrov David Goffin Jordan Thompson Diego Schwartzman Pablo Carino Yuncheng Chang Jaume Munnar Philip Kohlschreiber Emile Rossoforie Taro Daniel USA Indian Wells Tennis ATP Andy Murray ATP Indian Wells Alexander Bublik
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