Andy Murray wins Indian Wells with an incredible shot against the ‘future No 1’.
Andy Murray fought back from a set down to beat Carlos Alcaraz, the 30th seed, in the second round in Indian Wells.
ANDY MURRAY fashioned an incredible underarm serve winner to make teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz vanish from the BNP Paribas Open.
The Scot was defeated in the opening set by the Spaniard he considers to be a potential world No. 1.
Alcaraz, 18, used the drop shot frequently, but Murray got his revenge in the third game of the second set with a deceptive serve on game point as Alcaraz was standing far behind the baseline.
The audience adored the strategy, which he once called as a “absolutely legitimate play.”
In the sweltering heat of the Californian desert, the three-time Grand Slam champion was inspired to triumph 5-7 6-3 6-2.
It was the first time Murray, the former world No. 1, had ever played a Tour-level match against a player born this century, and the 34-year-old was able to secure a significant victory for the old guard.
On a sluggish hardcourt, the man with a metal hip was able to match the physicality of a man 16 years his junior, and it was a brave and beautiful win.
In the following round, the two-time Olympic champion will face the winner of the tie between No. 3 seed Alex Zverev and American Jenson Brooksby.
Wildcard Murray got off to a scorching start on Stadium 2 against a nervous-looking Alcaraz in the 90-degree heat.
He was up 3-0 and then had four break points to go up 4-0, but he didn’t convert – and then had a set point at 4-5 when a backhand return went into the net.
No. 38 in the world When Murray guided a crosscourt backhand into the tramlines, Alcaraz, the youngest player in the top 100, broke to love and secured his second set point after 66 minutes.
The Scot used his underarm serve to break for a 4-2 lead and then won the set when the Spaniard produced a rare forehand drop shot error.
Murray broke right away in the decider’s first set and saved four break points in the second before losing chances to go up 3-0. When Alcaraz threw a backhand long, he made the double break and led 4-1.
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