Andy Murray Indian Wells 2023: Can he better his performance in Doha?

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Murray Indian Wells 2023 Odds

Long gone are the days when Andy Murray entered ATP 1000 events among the favourites, however, the fact he is still competing at this level is remarkable in itself. At 50/1, the bookies are clearly not giving the former world number one much hope of adding another trophy to his collection. A reason for this could be due to the fact Murray is unseeded in what is a stacked field this week.

Upcoming match vs Jack Draper

After beating Radu Albot in straight sets in round two, Murray will come up against Jack Draper in round three. Fellow Brit, Draper, is at the opposite end of his career to Murray and will be looking to get one over the man he has called his “idol” on numerous occasions. They have played each other once before, in an exhibition match last December, and Murray came out on top in three sets.

Draper goes into the match as the narrow favourite but Murray will be in a confident mood after his 2023 performances so far.

Andy Murray’s Form Ahead Of 2023 Indian Wells

Due to his injury record, Murray no longer has a hectic schedule and tries to pick his events accordingly. As such, he has only played in two events in 2023 – the Australian Open and the ATP Qatar Open in Doha. Murray’s run in Melbourne was iconic and encapsulated his career. He battled through two five-setters before losing to Roberto Bautista-Agut in the third round.

In Doha, Murray made it all the way to the final, beating Alexander Zverev along the way. Unfortunately for Murray, he came up against Daniil Medvedev in the final who was at his brilliant best. Despite that, Murray will be buoyed by the fact he made it to the final of an ATP event and will be looking to go far again this week.

Murray Form Prior to Indian Wells 2023

  • Murray vs Medvedev – lost – 4-6, 4-5
  • Murray vs Lehecka – won – 6-0, 3-6, 7-6
  • Murray vs Muller – won – 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
  • Murray vs Zverev – won – 7-6, 2-6, 7-5
  • Murray vs Sonego – lost – 4-6, 6-1, 7-6

Murray was faultless in tie breaks during his run to the final in Qatar which will surely give him further confidence as look to navigate through a tricky field at Indian Wells.

Murray Injury update: As good as can be

Andy Murray’s injuries have been well-documented over the years and he plays with heavy strapping around his ankles every time he plays. The biggest issue he has had to battle, however, is problems relating to the hip.

In January 2019, Murray underwent surgery which left him with a metal hip. Despite surgeons telling him he would never be able to tennis at an elite level again, he has defied all odds. Currently, he is doing as well as can be expected.

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Can Andy Murray win Indian Wells?

Even when the Brit was at his best during the late 2000s and early 2010s, he never managed to win at Indian Wells. His best result at the event was when he reached the final in 2009 when he came up against Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard was sensational on the day and defeated Murray 6-1, 6-2. It is unrealistic to expect him to reach the final again, never mind win it.

Andy Murray Indian Wells 2023 Prediction – round of 16

Last year he lost to Bublik in the second round, an achievement he has already bettered this time around. Given his recent form and experience, we don’t think it’s unrealistic to think Murray will make it through to the fourth round (the last 16), however, if the draw opens up we wouldn’t be surprised to see him make it to the quarter-finals of the event. That, however, is likely is his ceiling at this point of his career.

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