Alexander Zverev notched his first career win against Andy Murray on Tuesday with a 6-4 7-6(4) victory that moved him into the fourth round at Indian Wells
Murray, the former world number one who had beaten the German in their two previous matches, jumped out to a 3-0 lead and appeared to frighten the 24-year-old by returning his second serve from well inside the court.
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But third-seeded Zverev fought to win six of the next seven games and take the opening set after Murray’s drop shot missed the net.
Murray’s unpredictably inconsistent performance continued in the tiebreak, and after a heated sequence of volleys at the net, the Scot blasted the final one wide on match point, throwing his racket onto the ground in disgust.
After the victory, Zverev told media that he felt great.
“I’m happy with how everything turned out,” he said. “It was a really fascinating contest, in my opinion. I’m glad to have finished it because it was quite difficult.”
Zverev won the Olympic gold medal at the recent Tokyo Games and former world No. 1 Murray won gold at both the 2012 London Olympics and in 2016 in Rio.
Third-seeded Zverev moves on to play Gael Monfils of France who rolled over hard-hitting South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2