Thursday, March 14, 2013
Murray Relieved to get past Tough Lu
Andy Murray was relieved to see off the challenge of Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu and book a meeting with Carlos Berlocq in the last 16 of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
Murray beat the world number 79 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 28 minutes on Tuesday but did not have everything his own way against the man who stunned him in the first round of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"It was a tough match. 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," the world number three said to tennis betting news pundits.
Murray started slowly in his second-round win over Evgeny Donskoy and was sluggish again in the early exchanges as Lu threatened to cause another shock. Some powerful strokes created five break points for the underdog but he was unable to take advantage.
Murray grew in confidence after weathering the early storm and created opportunities of his own, duly taking them to seal the first set.
The second set began in cagey fashion before Murray made his move and broke to love in the sixth game. That was enough to break the resolve of Lu, who lost the next two games as Murray kept his hopes of a semi-final date with Novak Djokovic alive.
First, though, Murray must focus on getting past Argentina's Berlocq, ranked 85, in the next round. The 25-year-old believes his hard-fought win over Lu will stand him in good stead for the rest of the tournament.