Indian Wells: Andy Murray beats David Goffin to reach second round as Katie Boulter loses

Britain's Andy Murray claimed a straight-set win over David Goffin to reach the second round of Indian Wells.

Indian Wells: Andy Murray beats David Goffin to reach second round as Katie Boulter loses
Indian Wells: Andy Murray beats David Goffin to reach second round as Katie Boulter loses

The three-time Grand Slam champion, 36, revealed at last month's Dubai Tennis Championships he is not planning to "play much past this summer".

In his first match since then, Murray raced to a routine 6-3 6-2 victory against the Belgian qualifier.

However, Britain's Katie Boulter and Jack Draper suffered first-round defeats in California.

Murray's future has come under increased scrutiny after struggling for wins in recent months, winning just two of his eight matches before Indian Wells.

However, the former world number one looked in good form as he sent down two aces to seal a 34-minute opening set against Goffin.

Murray took an early advantage in the second set and broke again to go 5-2 up and serve out the win with an ace. He will next face Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev.

"That's the best I've served here," said Murray, who is making his 16th appearance at Indian Wells.

"I've always struggled serving, certainly the last 10 years or so, when I've been here for whatever reason."

Murray told BBC Sport: "The conditions here this year definitely help. It's not the same as it has been for the most part of my career here - it's significantly faster than before, which I like. I wish it had been like that for the past 15 years or so."

Boulter suffers 'humbling' defeat after San Diego success

Indian Wells: Andy Murray beats David Goffin to reach second round as Katie Boulter loses
Indian Wells: Andy Murray beats David Goffin to reach second round as Katie Boulter loses

Two days on from her victory at the San Diego Open, Boulter was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Italy's Camila Giorgi in her first round match.

The British number one was unable to back up the biggest win of her career as world number 106 Giorgi wrapped up the win in just 78 minutes.

"The sport is definitely very humbling," said Boulter, who has climbed to a career-high 27th in the world.

"It's pretty tough and a quick turnaround but she played better than me by far. But I've got to look after my body and the most important thing is I'm coming away having played a lot of matches in the past few days with zero injuries."

Meanwhile, Draper was unable to capitalise on a good start as he fell to a 1-6 6-3 6-2 defeat by Australia's Chris O'Connell.

"I completely lost my way on my serve," he said. "It's something that has been on my radar for a long time but I'm going to have to go away and work on it.

"Maybe my energy levels weren't the best, but it wasn't a reason why I lost the match."

Emma Raducanu continues her comeback from injury when she takes on Spanish qualifier Rebeka Masarova on Thursday, while British men's number one Cameron Norrie has a bye into the second round.

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