BNP Paribas Open. Losing with Style? Even that has been Achieved by Andy Murray. Indian Wells Enjoyed His Good Tennis.
Hello friends, lovers of the sports community and @sportstalksocial; magnificent day of the third round of qualifying at the Indian Wells Masters and it has been an exciting match that Sir Andy Murray has given us, in today's tennis match in the Californian desert; where he faced the first racket of Germany Alexander Zverev, for a place in the round of 16. With an inspired Scotsman that from the beginning of the match painted the court to the German, leading the score in the first change. There could not have been a better preamble for this match, a Sascha under in the face to face against Murray, with desire and chances to beat him for the first time in their personal duel.
On Andy's side, with nothing to prove but with the challenge of facing this year's Olympic gold medalist and one of the tennis players with the highest ranking and quality of play. The approach was already very difficult for the Scotsman, but the Glasgow-born player is not easily daunted, so he keeps on his streak to continue advancing in the recovery of his great level of tennis, as four years ago when the scourge of injuries took him away from his throne as world number 1. That's how things turned out today, Andy with the drive (and fatigue) for having overcome Carlos Alcaraz and Zverev waiting for his moment of revenge.
The actions started with high revolutions by Andy, who hit first with the break and held to get the confirmation of the break, this allowed him to place surprisingly 3 - 0, but the German took two steps back and readjusted his crosscourt shots to lower Murray's intensity (who would have imagined it), it is the veteran who takes the baton; however Zverev's recovery was not long in coming and showed his maturity in this type of situations. So Sascha recovers the break, then equalizes with his strong serve and then shows his cold blood at the time of capitulating the first set 6 - 4. This match seems to be on the fast track, but not before leaving his skin on the court, because if we talk about warriors, the Scot is one of them.
And so it happened, that Murray surprises again with the break and draws the same score 3 - 0; to then see how Sascha recovers to equalize to 3 games per side, posing a real tennis battle in the Coachella Valley. One of the things that I like to see in a match and that make it more interesting, happens when players play with ease, taking risks, that's something I must highlight from Andy today; he played with courage, with his feet in the paint in front of his opponent's serve, taking risks and hitting dream winners. It was exciting to see him exchange shrapnel a few meters from the net, putting up a battle at the height of the moment; against a Zverev consolidated in the 4th position of the ranking and 10 years younger (that's how it is played, without fear or hesitation).
One of the highlights was Sascha's break in the eleventh game, with a double fault by Andy (I guess everyone thought: it was over, since it was Zverev's turn to serve); but it was not like that, a warrior does not give up easily. Murray remained calm and precise in his shots, making the German incur in a couple of costly unforced errors (strange errors of execution, not common in a tennis player of such level); and with this we were given a few more minutes of match, taking it to the tie break, where finally the strength of the German prevailed.
Slate 6 - 4; 7 - 6 (4) in 2 hours and 7 minutes of battle. Alexander Zverev will now face Frenchman Gael Monflis in the round of 16.
See you next time!
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