Andy Murray says he's in the 'bad books' after losing ring
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ANDY MURRAY got a second result in Indian Wells in 24 hours when he won his first match at the BNP Paribas Open after finding his wedding ring.
The former world No.1 successfully took to social media to appeal for the return of his sweaty tennis shoes – and his ring – which disappeared from outside his hotel room.
And the relieved Scot then returned to this event for the first time since 2017 to beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-2 in 83 minutes
It was also a British win on Stadium 1 as Murray followed Emma Raducanu in the second leg of a British double bill in the last match of the day.
“It is four years since I have been here,” said Murray. “It is one of the best places to play tennis on tour. I have obviously missed playing in these types of competitions. It has been a tough route to come back. It was nice to see so many people come out to support me. I really enjoyed it.”
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Murray’s last appearance in the USA saw him lose a first-round classic to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open.
But the 2009 finalist, playing here on a wildcard, suffered no such dramas against the French left-hander.
He broke to lead 4-2 in the opening set and took the first of his first three set points when world No.54 Mannarino carelessly sliced a smash long.
Murray did not face a break point until the final game before he took his second match point with a cheeky drop shot.
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The Scot, 34, won all ten points when he approached the net and broke the Mannarino serve three times.
“I thought my focus was good tonight,” he added. “I focussed on every single point and fought till the end.”
The three-time Grand Slam winner needs a good run here to avoid a big drop down the rankings from world No.121 as he will lose the points for winning the 2019 European Open.
But Murray will face Spanish teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the next round.
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