Zverev seeking Big Four sweep

12 October 2021 20:30:46 GMTPlus11
Andy Murray takes on Alexander Zverev in Indian Wells

Alexander Zverev is hoping to complete his Big Four sweep when he takes aim at Andy Murray in a grudge match at Indian Wells.

The 24-year-old German has beaten Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal during his rise up the rankings but is yet to get the better of Murray. He's 1/1 to put that right in their third round meeting which promises to be a spiky affair.

Murray on the mend

Murray has admitted that he and Zverev aren't "the best of friends", the Scot adding that they don't "talk much".

Murray bucked his recent trend by defeating Carlos Alcaraz at Indian Wells but Zverev provides a tougher challenge for the veteran as he continues to battle back from major hip surgery.

The last time Murray won consecutive matches at a Masters 1000 event he defeated Zverev 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 as his opponent struggled badly with his second serve.

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The coolness between the pair adds a level of tension to one of the ties of the round, especially with Murray coming into the match in decent form after he successfully battled his way past US Open quarter-finalist Alcaraz in a three-hour slog in the desert heat on Sunday.

Zverev aims for third time lucky

Murray and Zverev have met twice before with the former world No.1 thrashing the then 18-year-old in straight sets in the Australian Open in 2016 before beating him again in Cincinnati last year.

"Andy is playing great again," Zverev told reporters. "I'm looking forward to playing him. He's the only one out of the big four I haven't beaten yet. I hope I can change that."

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