Result: Andy Murray through despite early scare

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after defeating Ricardas Berankis in the third round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 19, 2013
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Andy Murray drops the first set against Evgeny Donskoy before battling back to win his second-round clash at the BNP Paribas Open.

Andy Murray has successfully won his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open today despite being given an early fright by Evgeny Donskoy.

The world number 84 made a quick start that caught Murray off guard to build a 5-1 lead in the first set.

Murray battled back to win the next four games but with the first set finely poised at 5-5, he missed six chances at break point.

Donskoy survived and rubbed salt in the wound to break himself and claim an entertaining opening set.

Murray, who traditionally struggles in the opening round at Indian Wells, returned to form and claimed the second set in 35 minutes thanks to a double break of serve.

The Russian's will was broken early in the decider as Murray claimed the opening game with a pair of ruthless backhand drives on second serve.

After spending just over two hours on court Murray eventually wrapped up a 5-7 6-2 5-2 victory in his first competitive match since losing the Australian Open final.

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