Tennis ‘Big Four’ Sir Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all made it through the round one at the BNP Paribas Open, with all looking to get off to a winning start in the Masters in 2017.
But World No. 1, Murray, couldn’t advance to the third round after suffering a shock defeat to Vasek Pospisil in their second round clash on Sunday.
“It was obviously a disappointing one as I had opportunities in the first set but I didn’t serve well enough,” Murray said after the defeat.
Murray was stunned by the Canadian qualifier 6-4 7-6 (7-5) as his miserable record at an event he’s never won continued. He was joined heading out the exit door by Dan Evans, who fell to Kei Nishikori, and Kyle Edmund, who lost to Djokovic 6-4 7-6 (7-5).
Federer and Nadal joined Djokovic in the third round after comfortable wins against Stephane Robert and Guido Pella respectively.
The Swiss Australian Open 2017 champion thumped the 36-year-old Frenchman 6-2 6-1 at Court 1 on Monday, while Nadal cruised past the Argentine 6-3 6-2.
Three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka also progressed, beating Paolo Lorenzi 6-3 6-4.
Here are some of the results in the second round of the Indian Wells tournament:
Pospisil 6-4 7-6 Murray
Fognini 7-6 3-6 6-4 Tsonga
Wawrinka 6-3 6-4 Lorenzi
Berdych 7-6 6-4 Fratangelo
M. Zverev 6-4 6-3 Sousa
Dimitrov 6-4 6-0 Youzhny
Muller 7-6 6-1 Vesely
Nishikori 6-3 6-4 Evans
Nadal 6-3 6-2 Pella
Federer 6-2 6-1 Robert
Kyrgios 6-3 6-4 Zeballos
A. Zverev 7-6 6-3 Bagnis
Djokovic 6-4 7-6 Edmund
Djokovic will be meeting with Juan Martin del Potro in the third round of the first Masters 1000 event of the year, while Nadal will take on compatriot Fernando Verdasco as Roger Federer battle Steve Johnson for a place in round four.
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