Murray makes easy work of Mannarino

10 October 2021 00:23:19 GMTPlus11
Andy Murray moves on

Former world number one Andy Murray found few issues in overcoming Adrian Mannarino at Indian Wells and he is set to face Carlos Alcaraz in round two.

Murray comfortably saw off Mannarino, winning 6-3 6-2, to reach round two in the men's competition and is now 1/1 to win the tournament.

Murray earns Alcaraz date

The Scot broke Mannarino's serve on three occasions on course to victory and his reward is a meeting with exciting Spanish teenager Alcaraz.

I thought my mentality was good.

Andy Murray

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Sunday's second-round tie will be the first between Murray and Alcaraz and the three-time Grand Slam champion, who revealed his delight at being back at Indian Wells, is expecting a much tougher test.

"I thought my mentality was good. I fought for every single point. That was the goal coming into the match and it got me the win," Murray told the ATP Tour website.

"It's been four years since I was last here. I think it's one of the best places to play tennis on the ATP Tour.

"I think Alcaraz is really, really good. I think he's got a good chance at it."

Spaniard to offer stern test

Alcaraz, who was handed a first-round bye, has been tipped to enjoy a bright future in the sport after bursting on to the scene this year.

The Spaniard made it through to the quarter-finals of the US Open and already boasts victories over Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev.

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