Seeds Murray, Nishikori advance at Indian Wells

Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:47pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Fourth seed Andy Murray erased memories of early losses at Indian Wells by storming into the BNP Paribas Open third round with a ruthless 6-1 6-3 victory over Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Saturday.

On a sweltering afternoon at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the 27-year-old Scot broke his opponent three times in the opening set and twice in the second to wrap up the win in 79 minutes.

Japanese trailblazer and fifth seed Kei Nishikori also advanced in straight sets, recovering from an erratic start to beat American wildcard Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-4.

Murray, who was ousted in the opening round at Indian Wells in 2011 and 2012, hit 14 winners and won five of his nine break point chances to dominate his match against Pospisil.

"I've struggled a bit in the last few years here so I decided to try and play a very solid match and adjust to the conditions," Murray said courtside.

"It was very hot and that made the ball pretty lively. I knew it would be a tough match and I had to play well to win."

Nishikori broke Harrison five times while losing his own serve on three occasions before sealing his win in just under an hour and a half.

Nishikori, who became the first Asian male to reach a grand slam singles final with a storming run at the U.S. Open last year, had beaten Harrison in their only other meeting, in Memphis earlier this year.   Continued...

Kei Nishikori (JPN) during his 2nd round match against Ryan Harrison (USA) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Nishikori won 6-4, 6-4.Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports