Monday, March 16, 2015

Indian Wells: Murray takes on Kohlschreiber

Indian Wells: Murray vs Kohlschreiber

No. 4 seed Andy Murray takes on German Philipp Kohlschreiber, with their FedEx H2H series tied at 1-1.

4] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [26] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

FedEx Head2Head: Series tied 1-1
2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R32 P Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-1
2014 Roland Garros (France) Clay R32 Andy Murray 3-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 12-10

• Murray eased past Pospisil 6-1, 6-3 in his opening match.
• Murray is visiting Indian Wells for the 10th time. His best run here came in 2009 when he finished runner-up (d. No. 2 Federer in SF, l. to No. 1 Nadal in F). The Scot has twice lost his opening match at this event, in 2011 (l. to Young) and 2012 (l. to Garcia-Lopez).
• Murray opened his season by reaching the Australian Open final for the fourth time (l. to Djokovic). He fell to 2-6 in Grand Slam finals.
• Murray lost in the QF of Rotterdam (l. to Simon) and Dubai (l. to Coric) in his only other tournament outings this year.
• Ahead of Indian Wells, Murray saw off Young and Isner in Glasgow to help Great Britain reach the Davis Cup World Group QF for the second year in a row with a 3-2 win over USA.
• Murray has an 18-3 record against German opposition.

• In 2014, Murray finished in the Top 6 for the seventh year in a row after extending his run of winning at least one title to nine straight years. He advanced to the QF or better 15 times, winning three titles.
• Kohlschreiber opened his account with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Smyczek. The German didn’t face a BP.
• Kohlschreiber is back at the BNP Paribas Open for a 10th season. The German’s best showing were 4R appearances in 2009 (l. to Verdasco) and 2011 (d. No. 4 Soderling in 3R; l. to Del Potro). He fell in his opening match on his last two visits in 2013 (l. to Paire) and 2014 (l. to Lu).
• Kohlschreiber has a 21-64 career record against Top 10 opposition with his last win coming over world No. 9 Gasquet in Rotterdam last year.
• Kohlschreiber’s best showing this season was a QF outing in Zagreb (l. to Sousa). He has fallen in his opening match in three of the five tournaments he has contested this year: Doha (l. to Struff), Sydney (l. to Tomic) and Rotterdam (l. to Pospisil).
• Last weekend, Kohlschreiber featured in Germany’s 3-2 defeat to France, losing to Monfils before seeing off world No. 14 Simon in a dead rubber.
• In 2014, Kohlschreiber finished in the Top 25 for the third year in a row, winning his fifth ATP title and fourth on home soil in Düsseldorf in May (d. Karlovic).

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