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:
Getting crazier and more mixed-up by the second. Difficult to watch
— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) March 10, 2014
In a match destined to be deleted on DVRs, Murray rallies to beat a cramping Vesely, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, in 2:47. #BNPPO14
— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) March 10, 2014
Murray wins. Let us never speak of this again.
— Brodie (@MindTheRacket) March 10, 2014
Murray wins. Now burn the tape and let's try to forget that match ever happened
— Eleanor Crooks (@EleanorcrooksPA) March 10, 2014
Commiserations for all those who watched the entire Murray/Vesely match. My thoughts are with you at this time. #BNPPO14
— Erik Gudris (@ATNtennis) March 10, 2014
Murray-Vesely: Proof for ATP fans that a match can suck and be the most riveting thing you've ever seen. Now can I introduce you to the WTA…
— Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) March 10, 2014
If you are compiling a list of worst ATP matches of 2014, you now have a nice place to start. — Tom Perrotta (@TomPerrotta) March 10, 2014