Andy Murray recovered from a set and a break down to beat Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. This match marked the 300th hardcourt victory of his career.
Murray played a little too passively in the first set, enabling the 47th-ranked Czech to dominate with his power game. But the 5th seed made the necessary adjustments to his game in the second set, and went on to win the third set comfortably.
Both players faced no difficulties on serve at the beginning of the match, with both holding to love in the first five games. Murray fell a break behind at 3-3 in the first set, having struggled to defend his second serve against Rosol's power hitting. But the Czech immediately surrendered his advantage, as the world number 6 broke back immediately to level the score to 4-4. A mistimed dropshot in the next game resulted in the Scot facing another break point, and he lost his serve again as his passing shot clipped the net to go wide. Although Murray was able to force a break point in the next game, the Czech player served out the first set.
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Rosol was in confident mood at this point and continued to pressure Murray with his hard-hitting groundstrokes. He gained an immediate 0-40 advantage at the beginning of the second set, and broke on the third break point. But the Wimbledon champion responded by immediately breaking back and began to play with more depth on his groundstrokes, making it more difficult for Rosol to dictate play without making errors. His more aggressive play was effective, and he broke at 2-3 before levelling the match at one set all.
Murray continued his more aggressive tactics in the third set, and took a 2-0 lead after saving break points in the second game. From this point on, the Brit was increasingly comfortable on serve and was able to apply pressure on the Czech's game, forcing him to run around the court. A second break saw him race to a 4-1 lead, and he served out his victory after Rosol sent a backhand wide.
Murray will play 77th-ranked Jiri Vesely in the third round.