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Emma Raducanu says Andy Murray’s historic victory gave her a boost at Indian Wells

Emma Raducanu said she was inspired by Andy Murray’s bloody come-from-behind win after losing the second set in their match at Indian Wells on Friday.

The two British stars played back-to-back on center court, with veteran Murray claiming his 700th career win and the teenage US Open champion winning for the first time in the Southern California desert.

“I definitely looked up to him today, especially for following him,” Raducanu told reporters after her 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win over Caroline Garcia.

“I knew he got through some tough moments and I thought of that as I dropped the second set. I thought, ‘You can do the same, just keep pushing.’

Emma Raducanu serves against Caroline Garcia during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 11, 2022 in Indian Wells, California.
Emma Raducanu serves against Caroline Garcia during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 11, 2022 in Indian Wells, California.
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“I think it’s great to follow him in the order of play today.”

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray became just the 18th player to win 700 games on the ATP Tour before relinquishing the stage to Raducanu with his thrilling 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Taro Daniel .

“We crossed paths when he got out and I was there waiting for the match,” she said.

“It’s always weird following someone who just won. You mean I really want to do the same. It kind of gives you the extra fuel. I was very happy for him. He punched me, that was really cool.

Emma Raducanu returns a shot at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 11, 2022 in Indian Wells, California.
Emma Raducanu returns a shot at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 11, 2022 in Indian Wells, California.
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“I’m just very happy that my level was good enough today.”

Raducanu said she’s still adjusting to her newfound fame after becoming the first qualifier to win a major at Flushing Meadows last year.

“The weirdest thing is when someone is so happy that I take a picture with them or say hello,” she said.

“For me, I have the feeling that this is just normal. I don’t think that’s anything, they shouldn’t be happy because it’s just me.

Andy Murray shows he's on fire after his 700th tour win over Taro Daniel at the BNP Paribas Open on March 11, 2022 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Andy Murray shows he’s on fire after his 700th tour win over Taro Daniel at the BNP Paribas Open on March 11, 2022 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
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Murray, who has been in the spotlight since hitting the top 10 in 2007, said his six-year-old daughter now knows her father isn’t like the rest.

“Sometimes she calls me ‘Andy Murray,’ which I find incredibly uncomfortable,” he told reporters, who laughed.

“I’m like no, I’m daddy, I’m not Andy Murray, I’m daddy.

“She’s doing it now to tease me, especially when she’s with her friends.”

Next up for Murray is a second-round clash with Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, while Raducanu will face Croatia’s Petra Martic in the third round.

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