Andy Murray begins his bid for a first Indian Wells title tonight against Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Murray’s only been to the finals once at the event — in 2009 — but the outlook is high for the World No. 1 with all his main rivals including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the other side of the draw and in the same quarter.
“It’s an amazing draw. I’ve never seen anything like that. It’s one of the toughest sections of a draw of all time,” Murray said on Wednesday.
“In terms of the number of Grand Slam titles you have in that section and some of the younger up-and-coming players that are likely to be at the top of the game for a long time, it’s pretty exciting for tennis fans. There will be some exciting matches early on in the tournament for sure. There’s even guys like [Fernando] Verdasco in there, who are dangerous players. It’s definitely tough on the guys in that section. It’s obviously a section that ideally you’d want to be avoiding if you can.”
Pospisil, a former Top 30 players, has struggled recently and had to go through qualifying just to reach the main draw. And he’s 0-4 against Murray and just 3-20 lifetime against Top 10s.
Also today on the first day of seeded men’s play, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes on Fabio Fognini and Stan Wawrinka faces Paulo Lorenzi.
Yesterday, the first round concluded with notable singles win from Taylor Fritz over Benoit Paire and Kyle Edmund over Gastao Elias. Edmund will now meet Djokovic tomorrow.
Other winners were Jiri Vesely, Kevin Anderson, Federico Delbonis and Mikhail Youzhny.
Doubles was the delight as top players Djokovic (w/Troicki), Nadal (w/Tomic) and Murray (w/Evans) all were winners.
Nadal aligned with Tomic after Tennis Australia became involved with Rafa’s academy.
“I play doubles for fun and to practice too,” Nadal said. “I was supposed to play with Bernard in Brisbane. That made sense, because it’s his house and for me it was something that I liked. But then I said to him that I could not play there. I said if we can change Brisbane for Indian Wells, will be great for me. That’s it.”
Nadal also mentioned he was sick earlier in the week.
“I was a little bit sick for two days, so I couldn’t practice,” Nadal said. “I started to practice yesterday for the first time. Today, I practiced again and I have doubles.
“It is obvious that when you get sick you lose a little bit of the power for a couple of days. So I hope to recover myself well and feel ready to compete at the highest level possible.”
Nadal meets Guido Pella tomorrow.
SATURDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Petkovic (GER) vs  A. Kerber (GER)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs  J. Tsonga (FRA)
WTA – J. Jankovic (SRB) vs  V. Williams (USA)
ATP –  S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP –  A. Murray (GBR) vs [Q] V. Pospisil (CAN)
Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA –  C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
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