Andy Murray says he's in the 'bad books' after losing ring
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Andy Murray experienced a rare case of being the villain on court at Indian Wells in his second round match against Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday. The three-time Grand Slam champion has long been a fan favourite at every event he’s played, particularly since making his comeback from injury.
And recent weeks have proven that Murray can still compete with the very best on tour having taken Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets at the US Open while also impressing at the Moselle Open.
The British tennis icon is back in action at Indian Wells and got off to a strong start in the tournament with a comfortable victory over Adrian Mannarino.
Up next was a tough test against Alcaraz, who is being tipped as a future Grand Slam champion.
The 18-year-old took the first set before Murray rallied back to advance into the third round.
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But Murray took everyone by surprise in the second set when he followed in the footsteps of Nick Kyrgios and other pros on tour with a somewhat controversial underarm serve.
The move caught Alcaraz off guard with Murray picking up an ace with his effort and winning the third game of the set.
The underarm serve has proven to be a contentious move in recent years and fans often voice their frustration at seeing tennis stars use it.
And Murray was no different with the crowd at Indian Wells booing Murray as he walked back to his chair.
But the former British No 1 defended his decision and indicated that the slow courts at the BNP Paribas Open mixed with how deep Alcaraz was standing made it appealing to try an underarm serve.
“Yeah, well, he started standing further back to return the first serve. And I mean the courts are painfully slow here,” he told Eurosport.
“I wasn’t getting many free points on my first serve. I served three aces the whole match and one of them was the underarm serve so…
“I was thinking about using it again in the third set, but didn’t.
“But yeah, first time I’ve ever done it in a match and got the ace. So maybe I’ll try it again in future if guys are standing that far back.”
Murray faces off against Alexander Zverev in the third round next and is clearly confident that he can make it into the fourth round.
“I feel like I can still compete at the top of the game regardless of how many people tell me to stop and I shouldn’t keep going or whatever,” he added.
“To play in front of a pretty packed crowd here at this event, it was a brilliant atmosphere and I enjoyed it. It’s why I’m still playing.”
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