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INDIAN WELLS, CALIF.—Andy Murray was stunned in his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open by a man ranked 128 places below him, losing 6-4, 7-6 (4) to Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil on Saturday night.
It was, without a doubt, the biggest singles victory of Pospisil’s career. The Vancouver native’s best accomplishment in tennis to date was winning a Wimbledon doubles title with Jack Sock of the U.S.
There really was little reason to believe beforehand that Murray would have so much trouble. He is ranked No. 1, owns three Grand Slam singles titles and two Olympic singles golds, has about $ 55 million more in career earnings than Pospisil and a 45-0 edge in singles trophies. Plus, Murray won all four previous head-to-head matchups.
But Pospisil attacked second serves with great success and broke Murray four times, while also keeping him off-balance with strong net play.
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