Nadal, Djokovic, and Federer’s motivation to beat Andy Murray is explained by Alexander Zverev.
This week at Indian Wells, Alexander Zverev takes on Andy Murray in the third round.
When Alexander Zverev takes on Andy Murray in the third round at Indian Wells, he hopes to make history of his own. On Sunday, Murray won a thrilling second-round match against Carlos Alcaraz, a Spanish teen sensation.
The former British No. 1 has had a solid season on the American hard court circuit, picking up some stunning victories.
At the US Open, he also took Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets, demonstrating that he can still compete with the best on tour.
Murray, on the other hand, has not to go past the quarterfinals of a tournament since competing in the Biella Challenger in February.
Murray, who was given a wildcard in Indian Wells, is hoping to end his streak this week.
However, advancing to the fourth round will be difficult against No. 3 seed Zverev.
In the first round, the German had a bye before overcoming American Jenson Brooksby in three sets.
Murray defeated Zverev at the 2020 Cincinnati Masters, with the latter emerging victorious.
Murray won in straight sets in their lone previous match, which took place at the Australian Open in 2016.
The 34-year-old is the only member of the ‘Big Four’ who Zverev has yet to beat in his career, and he hopes to change that this week.
“It wasn’t an easy match, but I’m glad to be through,” he said. “I’m glad to be in the third round and playing Andy today.”
“I believe he is the only one of the ‘Big Four’ who I have yet to defeat, so I’m hoping to change that.”
“I believe he’s phenomenal in terms of how well he moves and how well he plays.”
“I believe he’s highly motivated, so I’m hoping to play my best tennis for him.”
Murray had to come back from a set down to beat Alcaraz on Sunday, and he also used an underarm serve in the second set to keep his service game alive.
Although some in the fans at Indian Wells were not pleased with the maneuver, Murray insists he will try it again.
“It’s a smart play when guys are standing there to return serve now,” Murray remarked.
“It was my first time doing it in a match, and I got the ace.” “Brinkwire Summary News”: I served three aces in total.