Murray overcame a break in the first set. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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World No. 2 Andy Murray was given a tough test but pushed his way past Marcel Granollers 6-4 7-6(3) in his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open in California Saturday. Murray led Great Britain to a Davis Cup victory over Japan last week, but apart from that team event had not competed since his Australian Open final loss to Novak Djokovic on Jan. 31 .Raonic, playing for the first time since a groin injury contributed to his heartbreaking five-set semifinal loss to Murray at the Australian Open, was delighted with his form.Second seed Kerber has been in a bit of slump since beating Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, losing three of her past four matches.
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