Tennis News: Andy Murray exits Indian Wells in style, defeating Alexander Zverev

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Source: TheGuardian.com

Tennis News: Andy Murray battled Alexander Zverev all the way but was unable to defeat the German third seed at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, losing 6-4 7-6. (4).

Zverev won his first career match against the former world number one, advancing him to the fourth round. The Scot, who had beaten the German in their previous two games, blamed his setback on a lack of consistency.

Murray said: “No I didn’t play well. I’m not saying he didn’t play well; I don’t think I did either. There are numerous errors.

“There was some good in there, but it was mixed in with poor, and there was no consistency.” I don’t believe my typical level was just not present today; it was either good or poor.

“This is physically the best I’ve felt in a long time, but I’m still fighting my game a little bit.” The consistency is lacking. In critical moments, decision-making is still lacking.”

Murray started the third-round match in good form, moving away to an early break before Zverev was able to settle into his groove and clinch the opening set by a single point.

The second set started similarly to the first, with Murray going up a break before allowing Zverev back into the match.

Murray took advantage of some unusual errors from Zverev to force a tie-break, but the 2020 US Open finalist was able to win the vital points down the stretch to advance to the next round, where he will face Frenchman Gael Monfils.

In his post-match on-court interview, Zverev praised Murray’s performance.

“He’s the only one of the Big Four I haven’t beaten yet, so I’m glad I did it today,” he remarked.

“Even though I was down a break in both sets, I always stayed in the contest.” I was always aware that I had a chance. I believe the second set, in particular, was at an extraordinarily high level for both of us. It could’ve gone anyway.

“It was, without a doubt, a tremendous contest. Andy played incredibly well, perhaps as good as he has since the (hip) surgery. I hope he keeps playing like this, because tennis has been missing him for a long time, and I think it’s nice to have him back.”

Murray, who received a wild card into the event as part of his recovery from hip replacement surgery, stressed that he will continue to play at the top level as long as he is fit and healthy.

“No one can promise my hip will be fine for the next five or six years,” he remarked, “but that’s the risk I’m willing to accept.”

Greek second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was pushed all the way by Italy’s Fabio Fognini, but held on for a 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory, while American Taylor Fritz pulled off the day’s biggest surprise, defeating Italian fifth seed Matteo Berrettini in straight sets 6-4 6-3.

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