Murray suffers shocking second-round exit to qualifier at Indian Wells

Tomas Mccoy
March 14, 2017

Andy Murray dealt well with the pressure that Vasek Pospisil had put on him in just he first game, saving three break points before being the one to convert on his first a couple of games later for a 3-1 lead. The young tennis player had not beaten the Scot in any of their four previous meetings. "I was giving myself decent looks at passing shots".

The qualifier took a 6-2 lead in the second-set tiebreak and watched the top-seeded Scot keep the match alive for three points before the 135th-ranked Canadian unleashed a forehand victor to complete the upset. "He's a great guy and I'm very happy that he could get that win".

When the 64-man draw was made less than a week ago, world No1 Murray found himself in the top slot for the first time at a Masters tournament-and what a Masters to do it in. Murray was upset by serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev in the round of 16 at this year's Australian Open, raising questions about whether Pospisil had planned his strategy here based on Zverev's success. "I was struggling a little bit with the illness so it was a good thing I didn't go".

Still glowing from his victory over Murray, Pospisil wasn't interested in discussing the details of the personal troubles that played havoc with his career past year.

The unseeded Italian was victorious in a match that stretched nearly two hours and 30 minutes in the blazing afternoon sun.

He told reporters: "I don't know exactly why it is, because in practice here normally I play pretty well".

Murray said he was feeling great heading into Indian Wells that year but was blown off the court by Garcia-Lopez.

Murray has only ever reached the final at Indian Wells on one occasion and the 29-year-old admits he is confused by his record at the event.

Murray falls to 25-12 lifetime at Indian Wells. The Canadian player made it to the quarters of Wimbledon a year ago.

Raonic fired 15 aces in his three-set win over Murray on the 20th anniversary of his family's emigrating from the former Yugoslavia (now Montenegro) to Canada. And although he would pass up three break points, he lived with Murray through some long rallies, coming forward at nearly every opportunity.

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