Indian Wells draw: Andy Murray curses luck again as he gets very tough quarter

Andy Murray will start his Indian Wells campaign against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, and Carlos Alcaraz awaits if he can win it.

The Scotsman has been put in a very tough quarter of the draw, with Matteo Berrettini, Alexander Zverev, and Jannik Sinner all potential opponents before a semi-final.

Andy Murray has not played Indian Wells since 2017, when Vasek Pospisil beat him in round two.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, who incurred Murray’s wrath at the US Open last month in a row over bathroom breaks, could be a potential semi-final opponent, although it seems unlikely.

Tsitsipas’ section of the draw is much kinder, with Felix Auger-Aliassime providing the toughest opposition.

The top half of the draw is headlined by number one seed and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev.

In-form Hubert Hurkacz is the stand-out name in the Russian’s quarter.

Andrey Rublev and Casper Ruud are in the the other section of that half of the draw, although Cam Norrie, Dan Evans, Roberto Bautista Agut, Lloyd Harris, and Diego Schwartzman make that one the toughest to predict.

Defending champion Dominic Thiem is missing the event this year due to a wrist injury, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also working their way back to fitness.

World number one Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, has decided to skip the tournament to rest after an exhausting year.

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