Indian Wells 2013: Andy Murray pleased to avoid potential upset
Indian Wells 2013: Britain's Andy Murray says he was pleased to avoid a potential upset and beat Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets
Andy Murray admitted he was relieved to avoid a potential upset after a 6-3 6-2 victory over Yen-Hsun Lu at Indian Wells on Tuesday.
The third seed saved all five of the break points he faced during the straight-sets win, taking just 88 minutes to book his place in last 16.
Murray was beaten by Lu at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the US Open winner said he was pleased to get past a tricky opponent.
“It was a tough match,” said Murray. “He’s caused a few upsets over the last couple of years. He takes the ball extremely early, hits the ball very flat and really goes for it.
“If he’s striking the ball cleanly like he was at the start he can hit a lot of winners.
“He started off well. I didn’t serve particularly well to get myself into those situations, and then I served well to get myself out of some tough situations.
“In the first set he had a lot of chances on my serve. I thought my footwork in the first set wasn’t great. Once I started to loosen up and relax a little bit, my footwork improved.
“He can kind of leave you flat-footed sometimes, and he certainly did that a lot in the first set. I knew it was going to be a tough encounter, so it was good to win in straight sets.”
Murray will face Carlos Berlocq, who beat 16th seed Kei Nishikori, in the next round as the British number one bids to win the Indian Wells title for the first time.