Murray grinds out Indian Wells win

11 October 2021 20:52:38 GMTPlus11
Murray grinds out Indian Wells progress

Andy Murray dug deep to reach the third round of ATP Indian Wells as he fought back from a set down to beat Spain's Carlos Alcaraz.

Murray is 4/1 to beat third-seed Alexander Zverev in the next round and the German is 1/6 to beat the third-time Grand Slam winner.

The 34-year-old Scot has slipped to 121 in the world rankings after battling for four years with a hip injury that has required surgery.

Murray responds after falling behind

He made a storming start to his clash with Alcaraz as he won the first three games, but he allowed the first set to slip through his fingers.

However, he recovered well and was able to secure a 5-7 6-3 6-2 win over the world number 38, who beat Stefanos Tsitsipas at last month's US Open.

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Zverev, who was beaten by Tsitsipas in an epic semi-final at this year's French Open, was also made to battle for his place in the next round as he got the better of American Jenson Brooksby 6-4 3-6 6-1.

Conditions in tough in Cali

Murray has won all three of their previous meetings, the last being in the Cincinnati Masters last year when he won 6-3 3-6 7-5.

Murray said: "It was a brutal match in really tough conditions.

"The way I fought after losing the first set was great because I feel I should have won that first set.

"I created lots of chances but didn't take them. It would've been easy to let that slip away but I kept fighting and finished it well."

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