Federer played a loose game to give the advantage straight back but three more backhand
errors from his opponent followed by a backhand
pass that clipped the top of the net gave Federer another break for 4-2.
A second-serve review by Goffin brought the Belgian back level at deuce but Murray's backhand
pass down the line set up another break point.
Gasquet had the advantage of serving first and Wawrinka saved two match points before sending his famed backhand
long and bowing out.
Monfils will be a tough proposition on his preferred track although Wilander reckons the Scot will prevail providing his backhand
continues to be a rich source of winners.
Murray rather let Verdasco off the hook at 0-30 in the opening game of the second set, and then just missed a backhand
on break point two games later.
Williams sent a backhand
long to give Radwanska two set points and another error allowed the Pole to take the match into a deciding set - an achievement in itself after looking completely overwhelmed early on.
I see Tsonga's backhand
(right) as a little bit of a weak link.
Andy Murray found himself serving for the match and he secured the win when Giraldo's backhand
once more let him down.
World number four Murray had arrived in California with high hopes after launching his 2012 campaign with a 14-2 win-loss record but his backhand
let him down badly as he was beaten in straight sets at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The Scot valiantly managed to save all of them as his higher-ranked opponent hit a one-handed backhand
long and netted a return before bunting back a lofted slice that the sneaking-in Murray clinically put away at the net.
MORE than 20 years ago you printed my letter advocating making it compulsory for jockeys to use the whip in the backhand
position, with any transgression resulting in automatic disqualification for the horse and a suspension for the jockey.
Djokovic saved four set points, but he could not create a chance for himself and on the fifth opportunity Federer hit a stunning backhand
winner down the line.
Mystified, the 21-year-old Kvitova looked to the sky with upraised hands when she jammed one backhand
into the net and another over the baseline to trail 2-4.
Murray would, of course, have hoped to avoid such drama today and, in front of the watching Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he began with a precision backhand
winner down the line.
But I don't think he's very comfortable passing off the backhand