Pospisil Shocks Murray in 2nd Rd. at Indian Wells; Djokovic, Nadal, Federer Today
by Staff | March 12th, 2017, 12:47 am

Unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil, ranked outside the Top 100 after a down 2016, on Saturday night upset world No. 1 Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6(5) in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
It was the second loss for Murray this year to a net-rushing opponent.

“I didn’t serve particularly well tonight, which didn’t help things. And then in the second set, he started to play more aggressively,” said Murray. “I was giving myself decent looks at passing shots. I missed a few tonight. He also came up with some really good reflex volleys on important moments and important points.”

Top 10 winners on the day were No. 3 Stan Wawrinka who beat Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-4; No. 8 Dominic Thiem who cruised past France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-4, and No. 10 Gael Monfils who overcame an early foot injury to defeat the Barbados’ Darian King 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.

“I think I had some ups and downs a little bit, but in general I was feeling good,” said Wawrinka. “It’s my first win since the Australian Open, so it’s been a long time and it was nice to feel good on the court again. For the first match, I think it was very good. I don’t always play my best tennis at Masters 1000s, but hopefully I can do some great results here.”

Also among the seeded winners were No. 11 David Goffin who outlasted Karen Khachanov in three, No. 13 Tomas Berdych, No. 16 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 20 John Isner, No. 21 Pablo Carreno, No. 22 Albert Ramos, No. 27 Pablo Cuevas, No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber, and No. 29 Mischa Zverev.

“It’s crazy to think I had to play pre-qualifying here two years ago,” said the elder Zverev, who will next face Thiem. “I’ve never had to win seven matches to just be in a qualifying tournament. I got here 10 days before the first qualifying match was played, but I really enjoyed my time here. I came with a buddy and we had a routine: come in the morning, play the match and then go to Five Guys and have some frozen yogurt across the street. We then had a hit in the evening and did that the whole week. I won it and qualified for the main draw, which was the first ATP main draw since my wrist surgery.”

On the upset tip Saturday were Italy’s Fabio Fognini outlasting No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4; Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka defeating No. 19 Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-3; and Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic edging No. 30 Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2).

Matches to look for on Sunday in Indian Wells are (4) Kei Nishikori vs. Daniel Evans, (5) Rafael Nadal vs. Guido Pella, (2) Novak Djokovic vs. Kyle Edmund, (9) Roger Federer vs. Stephane Robert, (6) Marin Cilic vs. (WC) Taylor Fritz, (31) Juan Martin del Potro vs. countryman Federico Delbonis, and (23) Sam Querrey vs. Donald Young.

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29 Comments for Pospisil Shocks Murray in 2nd Rd. at Indian Wells; Djokovic, Nadal, Federer Today

Margot Says:

I know Andy doesn’t do well at IW but this is shocking. Rumours his wrist/elbow is injured, aftermath of shingles, pressure of numero 1, bad day at the office? Who knows? Andy will never tell, that’s for sure
And Dan’s still in, ouch!
Andy Mira I blame you entirely for this loss and also the fact my bracket will now crash and burn. Fortunately everyone else’s, bar one, will too.
JWT out as well. Goooo GG, time to strut your stuff :) Watch him go out now, c’est la vie.

Gordon Says:

Pospisil showed in the recent Davis Cup that his new coach – doubles legend Mark Woodforde – has him trying different things.

Taking advantage of his hands at the net – remember he won Wimbledon in doubles two years ago – Pospisil had Murray second guessing most of the match.

Plus Pospisil had played and won two qualifying matches and his first round match at Indian Wells so he was used to the atmosphere and the bounce of the courts while Murray was playing his first match of the tournament.

Having made the final of the Canada Masters a couple of years ago, Pospisil has always been a dangerous, albeit streaky player. No matter what happens now, this win – after losing 4 times in the past to Andy without winning so much as a single set – is a step in the right direction for the Canadian.

Danica Says:

I didn’t get the chance to see the match but when I checked the results, I was shocked too. I am a bit suspicious about the shingles diagnosis, it could have been something different. Shingles should not affect an in form, strong athlete. Anyhow, things like this happen (Nolandy @ the AO, Roger, Nole again) and they only show that all these other guys are darn good as well.

We’ll see how the “quarter of death” fares today.

AndyMira Says:

@M…U blamed me for Andy’s loss?I told him to go as far as the final M..although i picked rafa as a winner[this is my heart picking] but in my heart i was ready to accept his lost against Andy…and also remember M,i picked Andy to win at AO and what he did to my bracket?

Giles Says:

Hmm. So much for Andy’s cake walk draw. You just never know what’s around the corner.

Margot Says:

Disagree Danica. Getting shingles at Andy’s age usually means you are run down and therefore your body is more subject to virus/infections etc. I think Andy exhausted himself last year. Degree of severity can vary between individuals too.
AM: I think you need to increase the power of those positive vibes, haven’t worked very well this year…;)
As I said above, rumours flying he has an arm injury and his serve against Poppit was apparently even worse than usual. Really, really hoping it’s not that :(

rognadfan Says:

Wow, IW is going to be a true dream for Andy. Though yesterday is going to be a nightmare until he starts in Miami fore sure.

madmax Says:

Murray was fit enough to play, so let’s all stop with the excuses. ‘

Pospisil attacked second serves throughout the match and broke Murray four times while keeping him off-balance with strong net play. Nothing surprises me anymore with top players.

Murray is strong enough to come back – and as someone said, he would never use this as an excuse. We shouldn’t either.

He lost to the better player on the day, not for his whole career.

Colin Says:

I never managed to get a reply from Laura when I queried her weird claim that the draw had been rigged to favour Andy.

Why, I demanded, would “they” do any such thing? Andy has plenty of fans round the world, but after Roger’s remarkable win in Australia, surely tennis fans, even the most casual ones, would want to see an Indian Wells final involving Roger against Rafa, or maybe Nole, but at any rate with the Swiss.

The No 1 Court at Indian wells is, I see, the second biggest stadium in the world, and then there are the people who sit outside and watch the big screen, all of these folk also possible customers for various merchandise. That’s at Indian Wells, and then of course there are the TV networks.

Tennis, like any big sport, is a business, and ultimately money talks, never more so than in Trump’s America.

So. I repeat, why would the draw be rigged to come out as it did?

As for Andy’s health, are we sure Roger’s beach invitation was on sand? Maybe it was shingle!

RZ Says:

@AM – you are no longer allowed to pick Andy to do well in tournaments! Clearly that is why his 2017 has been subpar so far!

RZ Says:

Pospisil is too good a player to be ranked 129. It does seem like he is back on track considering his strong play in the Davis Cup and how he played last night.

AndyMira Says:

@RZ sis….Hehehe…No,no,no,no…i don’t think that is the real reason…i think M was right that Andy lacked of positive vibes and inner energy from us fans[1st and 2nd class]…so,from now on,i will give him some of it starting in Miami next week..so,C,MON ANDY!!WOOOHOOOO!!

RZ Says:

OK AM. Be more positive!

Andy said in some post-match comments that he couldn’t get his serve working well, what I find surprising because he served so well in the doubles match I watched the previous night

AndyMira Says:

@RZ…i think,nerves is also play a part in Andy’s loss..At AO he lost to a serve and volley player..and Pospy also applied the same tactics..and when u got nerves,it will affect a whole game,serve included..and Andy now is in a position of a hunted one..it’s not easy to be in that position..a lot of pressure,especially if the expectation is so high..and Andy expect a lot from himself..But Andy is a great champion,he will handle this accordingly when the time is right…

Margot Says:

I’m not offering excuses, I’m trying to find an explanation as to why Andy has performed so badly, apart from Dubai, this year.
There’s a difference.

lylenubbins Says:

M. Zverev ate at Five Guys every night and won seven matches? LOL

BBB Says:

Margot, I agree with you that Andy might work too hard sometimes and get run down. I have also wondered if he’s a bit too bulky for someone who plays a lot of defense (defence, in your honour :) ).

Also, being #1 is stressful – I think most players say it’s easier to get to #1 than to stay #1.

I think it’s great that Pospisil played so well. He has a lot of talent and was underachieving.

Markus Says:

Much as I like Andy, he has been a big flop as a number one player. Even in Dubai, he was very lucky not to lose in two straight sets to Kohlschreiber.

sisay Says:

What is wrong with sir andy??? First it was in ao and now at iw…Personal? Confidence? Lol…i left the rest for sean…

Wog Boy Says:

“Tennis, like any big sport, is a business, and ultimately money talks, never more so than in Trump’s America.”

I knew that Trump has to be somehow involved in Andy’s loss, thank you for opening my eyes, before Trump America was socialist country, with no corporate greediness, no liberal capitalism, no big merchant banks that are ruling life and death on this planet, how objective view, wow!!
So, it is no shingles..it is Trump!

J-Kath Says:

Wogboy: Are you sure? I heard Trump was doing a bit of scratching as well….???

BBB Says:

Thank goodness we’ll be deregulating the financial sector so that the banks can bring us back to 2007. Good times!

Okiegal Says:

Getting to number one is a tough climb…….staying number one is even more tougher and much more stressful. I’ve known a few people who have had shingles and they are horrible and are very hard to recover from……

Travis Bickle Says:

Murray was too busy loud-mouthing Sharapova instead of concentrating on his own task at hand (which is to finally win the IW Masters, especially with a “dream” draw)…

Hopefully lesson learned, as I still like the guy.

Colin Says:

Wogboy,your sarcasm is misplaced. The United States has been hardline capitalist all along, and Trump has merely exploited that fact and made obsessive capitalism respectable. Not morally respectable but politically, just as UKIP in Britain has given a voice to xenophobia.

All of this does indeed have a direct effect on sport, as witness the Donald’s activities in Scottish beauty spots.

When I used to follow boxing, I often visited an American website where there was constant complaint about what they call the alphabet soup running of the sport, resulting in multiple champions at any given weight. I remember pointing out that this was a direct result of hardline capitalism, where the profit motive is treated with literally religious fervour. And here the much misused word “literally” does apply. Many Americans think “God helps those who help themselves” is a quote from the Bible.

And Travis Bickle? Come on! Is Andy so dumb he can’t have more than one thought in his mind at the same time?

thark Says:

Anyone who thinks shingles ‘would not affect a strong athlete’ has never had shingles.

Daniel Says:

C’mon Djoko, close this in 2. After he broke when Edmund served for second set now go on and win this breaker.

Indeed he seems to have lost a bit of pop in his strokes. Edmund is outhitting him a few too many times.

Daniel Says:

This year since he is the number one, he lost the 2 most important tourneys so far, earlier than expected. AO and IW. He needs to rebound in Miami, where he had a lot of success in the past.

Djoko wins, winning close matches again. But a more experienced players would have forced a third serving 5-3.

RZ Says:

I think Miami will be more telling than IW regarding Andy’s form based on past performances at the 2 tournament.

Andy’s played 4 tournaments so far in 2017 with mixed results
Doha: results on par (final loss to Djokovic can be considered disappointing but it’s typical for him)
Australian Open: sub-par result based on past performances there
Dubai: results on par, or maybe above par, considering he had only been to the final once in 2012 but had never won Dubai
Indian Wells: results on par considering Murray never plays well in IW

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