All his rivals – Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – have won Indian Wells multiple times, yet Andy Murray is still winless. With perhaps the best draw he’s had in the desert and having just won Dubai for a first time, Murray was a popular pick to finally join the group and win his first title at Indian Wells.
But the trend held again as Murray was stunned Saturday night by Vasek Pospisil 64, 76. That’s the third time in the last seven years he’s lost in his first match and in 12 tries overall, Murray’s made the final just once and the semifinals three times.
What’s even more strange is Murray’s done well at the other three North American masters, winning Miami and Cincinnati twice and Canada three times. So why the struggles at Indian Wells? Murray says he still doesn’t know.
“I don’t know exactly why it is, because in practice here normally I play pretty well,” Murray said Saturday. “And then some years I played well. Some years it’s just, you know, it just hasn’t quite happened for me. I don’t know exactly why that is. I don’t know if it is the conditions here or I really don’t know why I haven’t played my best here over the years.”
The loss Murray’s first to a qualifier and to a player outside the Top 100 since getting beat by No. 118 Alex Bogomolov at 2011 Miami.
Murray is still not done, though, in the desert. Later today he joins Dan Evans for doubles.
ANDY MURRAY’S LAST 4 SINGLES MATCHES AT INDIAN WELLS (1-3 record)
2015 SF LOSS to Djokovic
2016 2R WIN over Marcel Granollers
2016 3R LOSS to Federico Delbonis
2017 2R LOSS to Vasek Pospisil
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