It’s been quite the week for Andy Murray in Indian Wells with his opening win, shoe and wedding ring drama and now a big comeback win over the 30th seed Carlos Alcaraz down at Indian Wells.
The Brit will be back in action on Tuesday as he takes on the third seed Alex Zverev for a spot in the fourth round. Murray will come into the match full of confidence and I think on the back of one of his best performances of late.
I have to be honest after losing the first set against Carlos from 4-1 up and the way he lost the set at 5-6 I did worry as there have been many occasions this year where the Brit has lost a close first set and then fallen away in the second.
Results coming into the tournament included:
Marseille – 6-7 1-6 (Gerasimov)
Rotterdam – 5-7 2-6 (Rublev)
Cincinnati – 6-7 3-6 (Hurkacz)
Winston-Salem – 6-7 3-6 (Tiafoe)
Metz – 6-7 3-6 (Hurkacz)
Murray did perform well, even in the first set I thought he was the better playing just slipped up at the crucial moments but reset quite nicely in the second and third.
Carlos played with power and speed and it was a physical test for the Brit but also a tactical one. The courts in Indian Wells and the conditions are “painfully slow” as Andy himself said and it proved a test. Murray had to get creative with his shots, he had to find the power and pace behind his groundstrokes early and move the Spaniard which was easier said than done.
A big talking point from the match was for the very first time his career Andy Murray threw in the underarm ace!
It is one of those shots that always throws up a debate, is it rude, clever or a show of respect? In this circumstance I’m in the camp of respect. Hitting winners on these hard courts was tough in the conditions, the defence of the Spaniard didn’t help Andy’s quest and he said he did it because he didn’t get cheap points on his serve.
Alex Zverev is next up for Andy, he of course beaten Alex in Cincinnati last year but in these conditions it will be a tough match but a test we know he will relish and will leave it all out there.