Andy Murray and Jack Draper meet in an intriguing all-British clash in the third round of Indian Wells on Monday.
It will be the first meeting on the ATP Tour between Murray and Draper, who are ranked at No. 55 and No. 56 in the world respectively.
When is Murray v Draper?
The match will likely start around 1am UK time on Tuesday.
It is scheduled as the fourth match on Court 2.
The winner will play either world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz or world No. 36 Tallon Griekspoor in the fourth round.
What has Murray said about Draper?
Even though this will be the first meeting on tour between Murray and Draper, it will not be the first time they have played each other.
Murray won that contest 6-2 1-6 12-10.
“It will be a good match,” said Murray about facing Draper.
“He obviously plays really well. He’s not actually competed that much on the tour, but when he has done, he’s always performed really well.
“I think he’s going to be a top, top player for a long time, providing he stays healthy. It will be a good match.”
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What has Draper said about Murray?
It was almost 10 years ago that Draper was watching Murray win his first Wimbledon title from the Centre Court stands.
Now the 21-year-old is playing against the three-time Grand Slam champion in his first main-draw appearance at Indian Wells.
Draper says Murray is someone he was “looking up to all the time” as a youngster, and as their relationship has developed, he now gets plenty of advice from the former world No. 1.
“[The first was] when I was younger, watching him win Wimbledon for the first time on Centre Court. It was inspiring. I wanted to be like him, someone that I was looking up to all the time… a bit star-struck when I saw him a few times at first.
“Then during lockdown I became a better player and I was able to practise with him more. From there, we’ve practised together loads. I’d like to say he’s a good friend and, again, still someone that I look up to and someone that I receive advice from all the time.
“I think he just tells me to enjoy the journey a little bit. I think that’s what he’s doing now, he’s enjoying his time on court a little more than he did. He’s an amazing champion and a very good human being as well.”
When is Raducanu v Haddad Maia?
British women’s No. 1 Emma Raducanu is also in action at Indian Wells on Monday.
Raducanu faces 13th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia in the last 32. The match is second on Court 3 so should start around 7.30/8pm UK time.
“It’s the same. It’s manageable. Still able to win matches at this level. Managing it. As to what it is, I’m not going to go into it.”
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