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Andy Murray claims 700th career win with victory over Taro Daniel at Indian Wells

Andy Murray outlasted qualifier Taro Daniel 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open for his 700th career victory.

Raducanu, Swiatek, Pliskova among winners on women's side

Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates match point and his 700th tour victory after defeating Taro Daniel of Japan in their first-round match on Day 5 of the BNP Paribas Open on Friday in Indian Wells, Calif. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Andy Murray outlasted qualifier Taro Daniel 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open for his 700th career victory.

"It does mean a lot to me because I know how difficult it's been, certainly the last few years," Murray said, referring to numerous injuries and a bout with COVID-19. "When you look at the players that have done it, most of the players that are up there and have won that many matches are certainly the best players of the last sort of 30, 40 years."

Murray, who received a wild card into the desert tournament, twice came from behind in the nearly two-hour match. He overcame a 1-3 deficit in the third set, winning five of the final six games.

"There were points in the match where I did play pretty well," Murray said. "But there's also times in the match where it was poor. I really need to try and find that consistency."

Murray broke Daniel to tie the set 3-all. The 34-year-old Scottish star led 40-love in the last game before closing it out on his third match point.

It was their third meeting this year. Ranked 106th, Daniel won at the Australian Open. Murray, who is 88th in the world, won in Doha last month.

Murray has never won at Indian Wells. His best finish came in 2009, when he lost to Rafael Nadel in the final. He was a semifinalist in 2007 and 2015, losing to Novak Djokovic both times.

Raducanu follows Murray's lead

Emma Raducanu followed Murray on the stadium court 1 and beat Caroline Garcia 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Murray has been supportive of the 19-year-old Brit who won the U.S. Open last year.

They shared a fist bump when Murray exited the court and Raducanu was waiting to go on.

"It's always like a weird one when you're following someone who has just won," she said. "You're like, `I really want to do the same.' It kind of gives you the extra fuel. I was really happy for him."

Toronto-born Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates match point against Caroline Garcia of France in their second round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

In other women's action, No. 3 Iga Swiatek beat Anhelina Kalinina 5-7, 6-0, 6-1. The first set featured seven combined service breaks. From there, Swiatek dropped just one game.

"I think at the beginning, I was too focused on the conditions. I was a little bit distracted by what was going on with the wind," Swiatek said on court after the match. "I'm pretty happy that I could turn my hat on to fight mode and really stay focused because that was the key."

No. 7 Karolina Pliskova served seven aces in losing to Danka Kovinic 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in her season debut. Pliskova missed the first two months of the season with her arm in a cast from an off-season training injury.

Great Britain's Harriet Dart rallied past No. 12 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Russia's Anna Kalinskaya beat 33rd-seeded Alizé Cornet of France 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.

Petra Martic beat No. 19 Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 7-6 (6). No. 24 Simona Halep and No. 26 Sorana Cirstea also won.

With files from Reuters

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