Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Former runner-up Andy Murray was a three-set third-round winner Monday at the BNP Paribas Open, a Masters 1000 ATP event.
The fourth seed held off 26th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in a topsy-turvy affair on the hardcourts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The Dunblane native Murray is now just two wins from surpassing Tim Henman's haul of 496 career match victories, which will make him Britain's most successful player in the Open Era in terms of matches won. He also needs just five more triumphs to join the 500 wins club.
The Australian Open runner-up Murray lost to the great Rafael Nadal in the 2009 Indian Wells finale.
Up next for the two-time Grand Slam champion from Scotland will be Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who upended 14th-seeded struggling Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4.