Top seed and world number one Andy Murray’s inconsistent record at Indian Wells continued last night as he was knocked out at the second round stage for the fourth time in his career, this time by serve and volley specialist and qualifier Pospisil. The Canadian number three, who reached a career high ranking of 25 three year ago when he reached his first and only ATP final at Washington and won the Wimbledon doubles title with Sock, has experienced a difficult spell in his career since then dropping as low as 135 in the ATP rankings.
However, under the expert stewardship of new coach Mark Woodforde he has started to rebuild his career and there were signs of this in the Davis Cup recently when he won both singles rubbers against Britain’s Edmund and Evans in impressive fashion, and he adopted similar aggressive serve and volley tactics against Murray yesterday to record his first ever win against a world number one.
There was one other shock result yesterday as seventh seed Tsonga (50/1) crashed out against the unseeded Fognini in three sets; 30th seed Lopez lost to Lajovic, but this wasn’t a major shock as Lopez form has been poor this year and 19th seed Karlovic loss against Lucky Loser Nishioka was not a major surprise either. By the time you read this article the remaining second round matches will all have been completed and we will know if some of the tournaments favourites like second seed Djokovic, fourth seed Nishikori, fifth seed Nadal (10/1), ninth seed Federer and 12th seed Dimitrov (25/1) are still in action.