Former ATP men’s singles world number 1 Andy Murray defeated Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz to book his place in the last 32 of the BNP Paribas Masters in Indian Wells. The game, which ended 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, took over three hours to complete.
Having endured a career slump over the past few years, Murray showed some promise of a comeback during his hard-fought comeback. Currently ranked 121 in the ATP rankings, Murray required a wild card in order to qualify for the tournament.
“He’s obviously got so much potential, so much firepower and in these conditions, it’s not easy to finish points off quickly, but he’s able to because he has so much pace from the back of the court so I had to fight extremely hard, coming back from a set down,” Murray admitted during his on-court interview. The Scottish player further complimented Alcaraz on his performance, referring to him as a “top-drawer young player”.
At 34 years old, Murray was labeled the underdog from the start, with many fearing that the Scottish player would fade as the game went on. But he showed everyone that he’s still going strong!