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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday October 8, 2021


Andy Murray – his tennis shoes and wedding ring in tow – made relatively light work of France’s Adrian Mannarino, 6-3, 6-2, to book a highly anticipated clash with Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz in round two at the BNP Paribas Open.

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The three-time Slam champion played a solid match in conditions that he is comfortable in on Friday night on Stadium Court.

“I kind of played how the conditions allowed a little bit,” he told reporters in his post-match press conference. “I mean, it was very, very breezy on the court, like a strong breeze from one end. So from the far end of the court, it was really blowing into your back there. I thought I played how the conditions allowed. I've played well in the wind over the years. Yeah, did a good job of that tonight.”

Murray, who has yet to reach beyond a quarterfinal in 2021, improved to 10-9 on the season with his victory.


“I don't think I played, like, amazing tennis or the best tennis that I can play,” he said. “But I still won comfortably against a very good player just by knuckling down on every point.”

Next up for Murray will be the phenom Alcaraz, an 18-year-old hard charger who became the youngest men’s singles quarterfinal in US Open history last month. It will be a physical test for Murray, and also a chance to prove that he is more of a master of the tricky conditions that can wreak havoc on less experience players at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens.

Alcaraz, who owns a 22-14 record in 2021, will be making his debut in the California desert.

Murray and Swiatek - A Potential Hitting Parter

After her victory on Friday, Iga Swiatek was asked which ATP player she'd like to hit with at Indian Wells. The Pole, the 2020 Roland Garros champion, famously had a hit with Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros this year and enjoyed the experience. She told Tennis Channel's Steve Weismann that she'd love to hit with Murray, and after his victory on Friday, the Scot took to Twitter to tell her he's game (even if he doesn't have her phone #).

We're looking forward to bringing you the video, if it happens.


 

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