BNP Paribas Open: Andy Murray loses first set before easing past Evgeny Donskoy
Andy Murray came back from a set down to claim a 5-7 6-2 6-2 victory over Evgeny Donskoy at the BNP Paribas Open.
Last Updated: 11/03/13 12:06am
The British No 1, playing for the first time since the Australian Open, made a sluggish start at Indian Wells, losing the first set despite fighting back from 5-1 down to level terms.
But Murray turned the tables in the second and Donskoy was eventually overwhelmed as the US Open champion completed the win in comfortable fashion.
Given his lengthy absence from the court Murray, a second-round loser in each of the past two years, was happy to come away with the win.
Following Donskoy's explosive start, Murray managed to pull a break back after a wild forehand from his opponent and won the next three games as well to level matters.
The third seed looked much improved but three more sublime shots from Donskoy, including an audacious lob which dropped in at the backline, gave the Russian a chance to take the set in game 12.
Murray saved two break points but Donskoy was too powerful on the third and he clinched the opening set 7-5 after 62 minutes on court.
After the twists and turns of the first set, the opening of the second was a much more sedate affair as Murray made his move in the fifth game.
Murray served out the set after gaining another break, and Donskoy dropped serve twice more at the start of the deciding set.
The Olympic gold medallist was by now in total control but he did have to save four more break points before finally wrapping up the win.
He will next face Lu Yen-hsun, who defeated 26th seed Martin Klizan 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5).