Andy Murray Makes Strong Start In Final Indian Wells Appearance

Andy Murray Makes Strong Start In Final Indian Wells Appearance



March 8th, 2024

Veteran Andy Murray kicked off what is expected to be his swansong at the BNP Paribas Open with a dominant performance, defeating David Goffin 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round. This victory marked Murray's eighth consecutive win against Goffin, extending his perfect record to 17 sets won against the Belgian player.

Is This The Last Stand at Indian Wells For Andy Murray?

However, the biggest news of the day unfolded off the court. Rafael Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam champion, was forced to withdraw just before his scheduled first-round match. This withdrawal came as a disappointment for fans, as Indian Wells was meant to be Nadal's return to action after a January injury sidelined him.

Andy Murray, a former No. 1-ranked player and three-time Grand Slam champion, showcased his experience throughout the match. Currently ranked 61st, he never faced a break point and capitalized on three of Goffin's service games. The opening set, played under cloudy skies with wind gusts reaching 15 kph, saw Andy Murray surge ahead after a close start, winning the final three games and taking 10 of the last points.

Heavy rain later disrupted the tournament schedule, causing a lengthy delay in the evening and forcing the suspension of all remaining matches – including Venus Williams' first competitive outing in nearly six months. The seven-time major champion, out since a first-round defeat at the US Open, only managed two games against Nao Hibino before the contest was halted at 1-1.

Other Matches and Withdrawals

This victory holds particular significance for Andy Murray, considering his recent comments about a potential retirement this season. The 36-year-old Scotsman, who has an artificial hip, stated, "I don't plan on playing much past this summer." Despite a challenging start to the year with a 2-6 record, Murray now advances to the second round, where he'll face the challenge of fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev. Rublev was recently defaulted from a match for an outburst directed at a line judge.

Beyond Andy Murray's win, the opening day at Indian Wells saw triumphs for several other players. Wild-card entrant Brandon Nakashima secured his first tour-level victory of the season, defeating 2023 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Chris Eubanks. Meanwhile, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Christopher O'Connell also progressed in the men's draw. On the women's side, three-time major champion Angelique Kerber, returning to the tour after motherhood, emerged victorious alongside Tatjana Maria and Marie Bouzkova.

Unfortunately, the tournament lost another notable player when Paula Badosa, the 2021 champion at Indian Wells, withdrew due to a persistent back injury. This withdrawal came a day after Badosa participated in an exhibition doubles match alongside her boyfriend, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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