Andy Murray rallies to win Indian Wells opener

The 22-year-old Russian displayed a varied array of shots and had Murray in a 5-1 hole after just 24 minutes. The Scot reeled off four straight games to knot the set. But he was unable to convert any of six break chances in the 11th game.

updated: March 11, 2013 09:47 IST
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Indian Wells, California: A little rust, an unfamiliar opponent and some bad memories of the past two years at Indian Wells added up to a tough opening match for world No. 3 Andy Murray on Sunday.

The Scot persevered to post a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 victory over 83rd-ranked Russian Evgeny Donskoy, avoiding the ignominy of a third straight opening-match exit at the year's first ATP Masters tournament.

"This year I started slow and I was probably nervous," he said. "Because even though I had been practising well, having it in the back of your head that you played poorly the last couple of years and struggled, that's always going to be a thought."

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