Andy Murray earned a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Evgeny Donskoy in a second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.
Murray, the No. 3 seed at the $10 million event, had lost his opening match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in each of the past two years.
He said he had no explanation for those results, but that he hadn't felt any different Sunday than he had a year ago, with one exception.
"I have not played a match for five weeks (since losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic on Jan. 27) so you can't expect to play your best tennis straightaway," Murray said.
"He started off well and I started off slowly. Even once I got back into the match at 5-all (after being down 5-1 in the first set) he played some good stuff. Once I got into a rhythm, I was able to dictate more of the points."
Women's No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova followed Murray onto Stadium Court and advanced to the fourth round with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.
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