How Can Andy Murray Defeat Alexander Zverev at Indian Wells Masters 2021?

Published 10/12/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) hits a shot during his second round match against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


It’s time for the third round of the Indian Wells Masters 2021 and fans are set to witness a really intriguing encounter. Former World No.1 Andy Murray will be up against the current World No.4 Alexander Zverev.

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From the looks of it, Murray is in some great form; he played really well in his last match against Carlos Alcaraz. He made an incredible comeback and defeated him in three sets.

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How can Andy Murray upset Alexander Zverev?

Zverev has played some really commendable tennis in the 2021 tennis season so far. Thus, even though it won’t be easy for Murray to beat him, it is not an impossible task for the three-time Grand Slam champion.

In order to defeat the World No.4 player, Murray will have to neutralize his high serve. If he manages to break him early in the match and take a lead, he can put Zverev under a lot of pressure. For this, the Briton needs to work on his return as the margin of error is really low for him.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Alexander Zverev of Germany hits a backhand against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (not pictured). Day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Second, Murray must not give the German room to execute his stunning forehand. In this, targeting his body will be a better option, so even if the German tries to hit a forehand, it won’t be that effective. Intriguingly, Novak Djokovic came up with a similar game plan in the semis of the US Open 2021 and it worked really well.

Murray must avoid long rallies as it will not just make him tired but will also help Zverev in taking momentum since he really plays well in those rallies. The Briton just needs to stick to the baseline play and continue to strike the ball since Zverev often makes mistakes and gives away the point when he tries to do something extraordinary.

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Zverev v Murray: Head-to-Head

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As of now, Murray leads the head-to-head battle 2-0 over Zverev. Thus, he already has won the psychological fight since somewhere, Zverev will be under a huge amount of pressure as he is yet to win a match against him.

Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) reacts after winning a point during his second round match against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Fans are ready to witness this epic clash between Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev at the Indian Wells Masters 2021. It will be intriguing to see who emerges as the winner and who bites the dust.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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