Tuesday March 11th, 2014

Andy Murray Andy Murray's win over Jiri Vesely featured a whole lot of ugly tennis. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. --  In a quintessential display of "winning ugly," No. 6 Andy Murray defeated No. 77 Jiri Vesely 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 on Monday to advance to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Murray was on the brink of being ousted in both the second and third sets, but he came back from a break down to win each. He got a little help from Vesely, who simply lacked the big-match experience to close out the victory. Vesely led 4-2 in the final set before Murray reeled off the last four games. The 20-year-old from the Czech Republic is the youngest man in the top 100, and the prospect of pulling off the upset of the men's tournament got to him in the tight moments.

"It was just one of those matches where there wasn't one period where I thought that the level of tennis from both of us was high at the same time," Murray said. "That can create a lot of breaks and a lot of sort of back-and-forth swings in the match. It wasn't just the start of the match that was frustrating. The whole match was."

Murray will play Milos Raonic on Wednesday.

If you were following along on Twitter over the course of the two-hour, 47-minute affair, you'd think everyone was watching a car crash.

See how Twitter reacted below:







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