Andy Murray On Form & Emma Raducanu Indian Wells 2021 – ATP Tour

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray sits fifth on the all-time itemizing of ATP Masters 1000 titles leaders, Collectively with his 14 triumphs unfprevious throughout seven of the 9 events Inside the elite collection, which dehowevered in 1990. With 34 of his 46 titles Approaching exhausting courtroom, it’s Barely surprising thOn the Scot by no means took The final step On the BNP Paribas Open, The one non-clay 1000 that he hasn’t gained.

Ranked outfacet The very biggest 100 and needing a wild card into The primary draw, the Scot Isn’t dreaming of an elusive title this time aspherical, however He is hoping that A mannequin new date and completely different circumstances will permit him To assemble on the positive elements made By way of the current US Open Series.

“The circumstances have modified a bit this yr,” Murray said. “Not the velocity of the courtroom or the air, however earlier than the balls have been terribly mild, and mixed with the very mild air I struggled with that and my end outcomes have been inconsistent.

“However the balls are getting a lot heavier, which I truly like. I like having fun with with sluggish balls in quick circumstances. I am really feeling it Tons simpler To regulate the ball.”

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Murray, who has a 216-85 doc at Masters 1000 diploma, together with a victory over World No. 4 Alexander Zverev in Cincinnati in August, has a 9-9 doc on the yr as he continues to work his method again from hip surgical procedure. And a lot of of these losses have come in the direction of Prime 20 opplace, together with Matteo Berrettini (Queen’s), Denis Shapovalov (Wimbledon), Hubert Hurkacz (Cincinnati and Metz), Stefanos Tsitsipas (US Open in 5 mannequins) and San Diego champion Casper Ruud final week.

“I’ve had alternatives in these matches that I’ven’t taken. Prime recreationrs snuff out alternatives however There have been additionally issues I might have carried out greater,” Murray said.

“The assembleive is that I’ven’t been dropping to guys I Ought to be worthwhile in the direction of and Inside the matches I’ve misplaced I do not really feel that I even have been outclassed or that it wasn’t potential I might win in the direction of these recreationrs Finally.”

Murray is making his Thirteenth look On the event, which was cancelled in 2020 and pushed again from March to October this yr As a Outcome of of pandemic. The World No. 121 has a 25-12 doc On the BNP Paribas Open, highmilded by a run to the 2009 final (l. Nadal) and two semi-finals. He final performed the event in 2017.

The 2016 yr-finish No. 1 Inside the FedEx ATP Rankings will open in the direction of French lefty Adrian Mannarino, whom he twice beat in 2015 Inside their solely two ATP Head2Head encounters.

“He is A very strong participant, pretty unorthodox and performs in A particular Method to A lot of The blokes on Tour,” Murray said. “Almost all of recreationrs play with heavy topspin and have huge, prolonged swings to generate power and spin. He hits very flat off Every facet and on the forehand he has in all probcapability the shortest swing on Tour. He performs Tons Collectively with his timing. His quick lefty serve is troublesome as properly. It Will not be An straightforward match.”

The winner will play 18-yr-previous Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, a current US Open quarter-finalisting, Who’s seeded No. 30 Inside the desert.

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All through Wednesday’s pre-event media convention, Murray was requested about Good Britain’s breakthrough WTA star Emma Raducanu, who final month gained through qualifying to wInside the US Open title.

Although noting that he had not spent A lot of time on courtroom with the 18-yr-previous, Murray said that her velocityy rise Did not shock him.

“Typically what separates the elite athletes from that diploma Barely under is that capability to study shortly and course of information. Not everyone can Do this, however the top recreationrs and the actually elite athletes are In a place to Do this,” Murray said.

“I’ven’t spent An excellent deal of time Collectively with her on a tennis courtroom However it Wouldn’t shock me if she picked issues up terribly shortly.

“The final 18 months Earlier to the grass season and Wimbledon she didn’t compete A complete lot, which in some strategies permited her to make some technical modifications to her recreation and develop. Typically aspherical that age, 17 and 18-yr-previouss are competing Tons. They’re on the junior tour and drip feeding into senior events as properly. Maybe that interval gave her The prospect To restore some technical factors in her recreation. She does Appear to have improved her serve and forehand.”

Murray has not been past the third spherical of a Masters 1000 event since worthwhile the Rolex Paris Masters title in 2016 as An factor of a 24-match worthwhile streak that culminated in his defeat of Novak Djokovic Inside the Nitto ATP Finals title match, which decided the yr-finish No. 1 FedEx ATP Rankings.