Andy Murray finds himself facing a Swiss in the first round of the Nasdaq-100 starting in Key Biscayne tomorrow. The good news is that it is Stanislas Wawrinka, and not the world No 1 Roger Federer, although the 18-year-old Scot was comfortably beaten in straight sets by Wawrinka on his Davis Cup singles debut last year.
But that was on clay, and Murray should feel a good deal more comfortable on the Florida hard courts. A victory over the 20-year-old will see Murray come up against the ferocious hitting of Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, who beat him in the quarter- finals of the Davidoff Swiss indoor tournament in Basle last autumn.
It will not get any easier for Murray, who is in the same quarter of the draw as Spain's Rafael Nadal, the world No2, and last year's beaten finalist, who he could meet in the fourth round.
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