Andy has reached the last sixteen of the BNP Paribas Open after a tough win over Jiri Vesely, winning 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Andy flew out of the blocks, racing to a 3-0 lead and securing the double break. It looked in the early stages like the match might be over very quickly however Vesely had other ideas. After a strong start, Andy appeared to have his opponent rattled, however Vesely began to attack and managed to retrieve one of the breaks. Despite a string of errors Andy managed to hold on to give himself the opportunity to serve for first set, but the aggression of the young Czech again appeared to take Andy by surprise and he secured the second break. With the score locked at 5-5, both players then held well to force the match into a tiebreak. A rattled Andy found himself quickly on the back foot in the tie break and his opponent soon had five set points, of which he only needed one, to clinch the first set.
A disappointed Andy, opened the first set, but appeared to still be struggling and quickly found himself having to defend two break points and despite his best efforts Andy was unable to hold serve. Andy was able to find the break but then found himself broken again, he then had to produce some spirited tennis to retrieve the broken service game and the scores were then levelled at 4-4. After a gritty hold from Andy, he seized his opportunity to attack the serve of his opponent and managed to find the decisive break to win the set 6-4 and level the match.
The third set continued in a similar fashion to the second and Andy again struggled to hold serve and found himself broken in the first game of the third set, and despite retrieving the game immediately, and the British number one then found himself broken yet again to trail 3-1 in the decider. The chase was then on once again for Andy to find the break to keep himself in the tournament and it was again at 3-4 down, Andy was able to find the breakthrough to level the scoring again at 4-4. Andy then produced a solid hold, to force his opponent to then serve to stay in the match. The final game of the set proved to be a marathon contest, however it became apparent that the young Czech was tightening up, and after two match points went a miss, Andy found himself with a third match point which he was able to convert and take the set 6-4 and book his place in the last sixteen.
Speaking after the match Andy said, “The Quality of tennis wasn’t great. Both of us struggled with heat. It was a pretty ugly match to be honest. I need to play better in the next round”
Andy will now face the winner of the match between Milos Raonic and Alejandro Falla.