Former world No. 1 Andy Murray of Great Britain eliminated tricky Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 to reach the second round of the BNP Paribas Open here. The Scot will next play Spain's Carlos Alcaraz, the US Open quarterfinalist this year, for a spot in the third round.
It's been four years since I was last here. I think it's one of the best places to play tennis on Tour, Murray said. It's been a tough road to get back and it was so nice that so many people managed to come out and support today. I really enjoyed it, Murray told atptour.com.
Murray was the talk of social media in recent days, as he enlisted the fans' help in finding his missing tennis shoes and wedding ring. After retrieving the items, the 34-year-old returned his attention to the tournament, where he beat his lefty opponent in one hour and 24 minutes.
The three-time major champion did not face a break point until the last point of the match. Mannarino often proves a difficult customer with his flat groundstrokes, but Murray never appeared out of his comfort zone.