Andy Murray ‘not particularly bothered’ about possibility of facing Dan Evans or Jack Draper

Andy Murray plays a shot Credit: Alamy
Andy Murray plays a shot Credit: Alamy

Andy Murray says he “doesn’t really care that much” about the fact that he could face Dan Evans or Jack Draper early on at the Indian Wells Open.

There could be an all-British second-round affair or all-British third-round encounter at the ATP Masters 1000 event next week.

Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray will open his campaign in California against Tomas Etcheverry of Argentina in the first round on Thursday.

If he comes through that encounter then will face 15th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round, but there is a possibility that he will face either Evans or Draper in the third round.

Draper kicks off his tournament against Swiss qualifier Leandro Riedi and victory will earn him a second-round clash against 25th seed Evans.

Asked about the possibility of facing one of his compatriots in the third round, Murray answered with a smile on his face: “To be honest, I don’t really care that much.

“Obviously I can see why it’s interesting. And if Evo plays against Jack I’ll be interested in the match.

“But I’m not particularly bothered by it and for me it’s not going to impact me until the third round. I need to get there and this is not always a tournament where I have played amazing.”

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Besides being British-heavy, Section 1 of the Indian Wells draw also features top seed Carlos Alcaraz and the Spaniard is the projected fourth-round opponent for Murray/Etcheverry/Draper/Riedi/Evans/Bautista Agut.

As Murray pointed out, the Indian Wells Open has not always been one of his best events as he hasn’t gone beyond the third round in California since 2015 when he was at the peak of his powers. His best result was in 2009 when he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal while he also reached the semi-final in 2007 and 2015.

Last year he reached the second round before losing in straight sets against Alexander Bublik.

Murray, though, has picked up some form as he saved five match points en route to finishing runner-up to Daniil Medvedev at the Qatar Open. He then opted to skip last week’s Dubai Tennis Championships in order to rest for the Sunshine Double – the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open with the Florida event starting on March 20.

At the Australian Open he upset 13th seed Matteo Berrettini in five sets in the first round and also went the distance to beat local hope Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round before losing against Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets.

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