INDIAN WELLS, Calif -- Qualifier Vasek Pospisil sent top seed Andy Murray home with a straight-sets win in the second round.
Murray was up a break early in the first round but Pospisil broke back. Murray broke again but the Canadian evened the set. He then broke Murray again and served to take the set 6-4.
In the second, Murray was broken early but leveled the set 2-2. The set was taken to a tie-breaker where Pospisil gave himself match points. He did not close in his first try but was able to seal the deal eventually, taking the match 6-4, 7-6(5).
The top seed squandered plenty of opportunities in the first set, which gave the Canadian ammunition to attack.
"Well, I mean, I started the match okay," confessed Murray after the match. "The first set was a tough one to lose, because I was a break up twice in the set.
"Didn't serve particularly well tonight, which, you know, which didn't help things. And then, yeah, in the second set he started to play more aggressively. You know, but I was giving myself decent looks at passing shots.
"I missed a few tonight. He also came up with some, you know, some really good reflex volleys on important moments and important points."
The Canadian has struggled this past few years as he found himself playing challengers. Just last month, he lost in the final of the San Francisco challenger to Ze Zhang.
"I feel like on a comeback trail," said Pospisil during his post-match conference. "I had a tough year last year for many, many different reasonsI feel the last couple months I really found my hunger and my motivation to be back on the court training hard again."
Pospisil is used to the desert conditions as he's spent his off-season training here with his coach Mark.
"I spent the offseason here, and I was -- I was one of the first here at the event coming from quallies and also Mark living here. So I think it was me and maybe three other guys that were here first. So I think that may have definitely helped. I mean, can't hurt, right?
"But, yeah, I have been working on some good stuff with Mark. And I think tonight was kind of, yeah, some evidence for me, anyways, that things are going in the right direction," said Pospisil.
Murray has never won in the desert. This was his 12th attempt. His made his only final run in 2009, where he lost to Rafael Nadal.