Former world No. 1 Andy Murray joked that he is too old and that it takes him time to get going after reaching a notable career milestone on Friday at the Indian Wells Masters. Murray, who turned professional in 2005, clinched his 700th ATP match win on Friday after beating Japan's Taro Daniel 1-6 6-2 6-4.
Murray, 34, suffered a surprise straight-set defeat to Daniel in the second round of this year's Australian Open. Murray didn't start the match well but he recovered to claim a comeback win. "I''m old now so these 11 a.m.
starts, it takes me a bit of time to get going," Murray joked after the match. "But Taro played extremely well. He's started the year very well."
Murray recovers to beat Daniel
Murray had the first break points of the match but Daniel saved two consecutive break points in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
After saving two break points in the third game, Daniel broke Murray in the fourth and sixth games to comfortably win the opener. Murray bounced back in the second set as he broke Daniel three times to force a decider. After losing the second set, Daniel broke Murray in the opening game of the third set.
However, Murray kept his focus as he broke Daniel in the sixth and 10th games to overturn the deficit and complete a comeback win. "I managed to start to improve as each set went on, and finished off well in the end," Murray noted.
Murray plays next against a tricky Kazakh Alexander Bublik. Murray leads the head-to-head against Bublik 2-0. "He's a very unorthodox player. He's unbelievably talented, got great hand skills and plays different to a lot of guys on the tour these days," Murray previewed.
"He started this year well, but if I play well, I've got a shot." It remains to be seen if Murray can beat Bublik and continue his Indian Wells campaign.