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Murray through but Nadal out of Indian Wells

Posted on 11/03/2014 in Tennis

Andy Murray enjoyed a tough win over 6ft 6in giant Jiri Vesely in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The world number six needed nearly three hours to come to a 6-7 6-4 6-4 win in the important Masters Series event.

Murray told Sky Sports: "Thankfully I managed to dig it out in the end. He's a tricky player and I'd never played against him before. He understands the angles well and serves big, so it's tough."

Defending champion Rafael Nadal was a surprise early casualty, losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov – a man he beat in the final of the Rio Open just a fortnight ago.

The Ukrainian played a cool tiebreaker to get a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) victory.

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka had an easy third round match encounter, losing just two games against Andreas Seppi. Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic are also safely through to the fourth round.

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