“Only Big Four I Never Beat”: Alexander Zverev Opens Up on Facing Andy Murray at Indian Wells Masters 2021

Published 10/10/2021, 11:12 PM EDT


Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is stealing the show at Indian Wells Masters 2021 in the absence of the big three: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. Remarkably, he defeated US Open quarterfinalist Carlos Alcaraz 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round. And now, he has set up a match against 3rd seed and Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev, who is excited to play this one.

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Notably, Murray is the only player from the big four who Zverev hasn’t defeated yet. Hence, he is aiming to register his maiden win over the Scot.

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Alexander Zverev on facing Andy Murray in Indian Wells Masters 2021 R3

Like Murray, Zverev t00 had a young and inspired opponent in the second round. But despite losing the second set, he came through against Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) hits a shot against Jenson Brooksby (USA) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Undoubtedly, having a win against the big four of tennis is an achievement in itself. Although Zverev has covered the challenging part, he hasn’t been able to find his way against Murray.

Consequently, he is happy to see the 34-year-old across the net in the next round. “Very excited to play Murray. He is the only one of the Big Four I never beat,” Zverev said. Moreover, in their head-to-head so far, Murray is leading 2 for 0.

On the other side, the Scot is in the process of rebuilding his old form and find his footing on the Tour. Thus, even he would be excited to do well against the German sensation.

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

Earlier, Murray had come close to beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the US Open 2021. But having failed to do so, he would be more eager to get a big Top 10 win finally to his name.

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When did Zverev and Murray last meet each other?

Interestingly, Murray has beaten Zverev in three sets on both occasions. Last year, the two met each other in Cincinnati Masters, where the Scot won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Before that, Murray beat Zverev at the 2016 Australian Open in straight sets.

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All in all, a dream matchup is ready to explode in the third round of Indian Wells Masters 2021. Fans are excited to witness two of the best tennis players battle it out. Who do you think will win this one?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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