Andy Murray LOSES his grudge match against Alexander Zverev as German world No 4 beats British veteran in straight sets at Indian Wells
- Alexander Zverev beats Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 in third round at Indian Wells
- It is the first time the 24-year-old German has beaten the 34-year-old Brit
- Murray won the first three games but Zverev stormed back to take first set
- Murray was also a break up in the second set but Zverev was too strong
Two steps forward and one set back for Andy Murray, who on Tuesday night failed to make the breakthrough he desperately seeks against Alex Zverev.
A match with little love lost between the two players ended in a 6-4, 7-6 defeat for a bitterly disappointed 34-year-old Scot in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.
It concluded a tournament which showed more encouraging signs for Murray in physical terms, although he lacked the consistency in this encounter to dislodge the world No 4. He angrily hurled his racket away as the match ended in a 7-4 tiebreak.
Andy Murray was beaten 6-4, 7-6 in the third round at Indian Wells on Tuesday night
Murray was going in search of his first top five win since the end of 2016, and trying to stop a player who had won 18 of his previous 19 matches.
That is a sequence going back to his gold medal run at the Tokyo Olympics, and this was also a contest which featured the winners of the last three gold medals in the men’s singles events.
The 34-year-old Scot was seeking a more modest succession – the first time he has collected three straight wins on the main tour since gaining the title in Antwerp two years ago.
He made an excellent start, profiting from the German’s initial mistakes as he got used to the shadows…
Source : dailymail